Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev said the mysterious hole in a Soyuz capsule docked on the International Space Station was drilled from the inside, according to the Associated Press.
Prokopyev was one of two cosmonauts who made the hole during an unprecedented spacewalk on December 11th. This report is the latest in a month-long saga that is no longer all that weird.
On August 29th, scientists had found a pressure drop at the ISS. They found that the source was a 2-millimeter hole in the Soyuz capsule and quickly filled it up with epoxy resin. NASA reported that the astronauts were never in danger.
Since then, photos of the borehole showed it looked like a hole. The Russian authorities said it could come from "deliberate spoilage", but they have not made any direct allegations. Yury Borisov, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia for the defense and aerospace industry, vehemently denied the attempt to "make either of our cosmonauts or American astronauts" [compromise the reputation]"the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko inspected the hole in a complex Space walk on December 1
There are not many other details at present – and it is unclear whether the hole was created in the earth or in space. Pablo De Leon, Professor of Extraterrestrial Activities and Space Suit Design at the Department of Space Research at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, told us in September that microgravity would have made it extremely difficult to drill such a hole in space. In fact, Prokopyev said further investigation is needed to determine when the hole was made.
Although this may be a new development in history, not much is changed. We still do not know who made the hole and when. Prokopyev denies that the hole could have been drilled by an astronaut.
We asked NASA for a comment and will continue to keep you informed about this story. [Associated Press]
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