A Russian cosmonaut exploring a mysterious hole in a capsule docked at the International Space Station said Monday that the opening had been drilled from inside the spacecraft and Russian law enforcement agencies investigated what caused it.
Sergei Prokopyev said Investigators looked at samples he and crew member Oleg Kononenko collected during a spacewalk on December 12th. Prokopyev and two other astronauts returned to Earth last week from a 197-day Space Station mission.
The hole in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which was attached to the station, was discovered on August 30. The crew discovered a leak that led to a slight hole pressure loss and clogged the hole with epoxy and gauze.
Prokopyev said at a press conference that the cavity emanates from the inside of the capsule and "it is up to the investigators when the hole was made."
The astronauts "The rapid identification and repair of the hole showed," the crew was ready for any developments, "he said.
The hole posed no threat to Prokopyev and crewmates Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency on their return because the portion of the capsule he was on was dropped off before the fiery re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.
Roscosmos boss Dmitry Rogozin said the hole could have been drilled in September Rogozin did not manage to accuse the crew members, but the statement has led to friction between Roscosmos and NASA.
Ever since Rogozin reversed the statement, he accuses the media of twisting his words.
Prokopyev mocked the idea The hole could have been drilled by an astronaut and said, "You should do not think so bad about our crew. "