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The head of the Russian space organization caused a movement last week when he said a hole drilled through the side of a Soyuz vessel docked to the International Space Station was the result of a deliberate action "either on Earth or in space . "Station commander Drew Feustel said Tuesday it really did not happen in circulation.
"I can unequivocally say that the crew had nothing to do with this on a circulation without a doubt, and I think it's a shame and a bit embarrassing that someone hurts to talk about something that the crew was involved in," said Feustel ABC News Tuesday in an interview between space.
"The only thing the crew did was to respond appropriately to our emergency procedures, eventually find the leak and plug the hole," he said. "As a result, we secured the space station for continued operation, we ensured that our crew could stay on track and continue to do the great work we do … at the International Space Station."
Flight controllers in Houston and Moscow noted a small drop in the station's internal air pressure on 29 August. The next day, the crew crew leaked to the top of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft carrying three crew members to the complex in June. 19659007] NASA released this photo of puncture in Soyuz Spacecraft's orbital module and then removed the image from a video published on YouTube. Credit: NASA via RT
The Kosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Soyuz MS-09 Commander Sergey Prokopyev finally sealed the crime with epoxy cloth. The cabin press has been stable since then and in any case, the crew was never in immediate danger. The upper part of Soyuz is wasted before atmospheric entry and it can be sealed after the crew is on board if needed.
Surprisingly, photographs clearly showed several scars apparently caused by a drill and a small hole connected by cosmonauts.
Russian media originally reported that someone on the ground should drill the hole before launch for any unknown reason and then apply a temporary patch that later allowed space in space.
However, Dmitry Rogozin, General Director of Roscosmos, Russian Federation of Space, said that "we are considering all the theories."
In translated remarks, he said that "it is an honor of energy for Rocket and Space Corporation (Soyuz Builder RSC Energia) to find the person responsible for it to find out if there was an accidental or deliberate destruction , and where it was done – either on earth or in space. "
Fehalel pointed out that he discovered the leak "was really a shock to all of us."
"I hope the investigations really detect what happened that caused this clear artificial hole in the spacecraft side," he told ABC News.
"It will be a story we will hear about for a long time, "he said." We really do not want to see it happen again and I hope the law on the ground does the right due diligence to try to solve this problem because the consequences are huge for the entire space program not only for us in the United States but also in Russia and internationally for all partners. "
He said the crew did a" good job "finding and plotting the leak and thanking air traffic controllers in Moscow and Houston to" support us when all this happened and helped us keep our peace and our complete and effective and effective response in the emergency situation. "