On Aug. 29, ground-based ISS controllers noticed a slight pressure drop aboard the orbiting laboratory. "The only thing the crew did was react appropriately, follow our emergency procedures, eventually locate that leak and plugged the hole".
Cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, the commander of the Soyuz, later patched the small hole in the upper orbital module of the Soyuz. He claimed that the hole was likely drilled because it was impacted from inside.More news: Formula One: Lewis Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix, extends drivers' championship lead
The head of Russian space corporation Roscosmos has called on reporters and the public to stop speculating about a recently discovered hole in the ISS hull, saying that such rumors harm the relations between crew members.
Making bald assertions that United States astronauts were responsible for a recent air leak at the International Space Station (ISS) are unacceptable and risky, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said on Wednesday. "Russian specialists have already requested from NASA the data of the astronauts, as well as their current medical indications", read an article by the Russian newspaper Kommersant. Russian Federation and the usa are discussing the possibility to continue flights of global crews to the worldwide Space Station (ISS) after the start of the use by Americans of their own spaceships, said head of the Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Center Pavel Vlasov in a conversation with reporters.More news: Prince Harry's wedding ring is different from other royal men
"The motive for the sabotage seems to be that NASA did not want to pay the entire cost of a new Soyuz, probably about $85 million."
Russian space agency Roscosmos told AFP it would make no official comment until the findings are released, which is expected to happen this month.More news: Manchester City Announce Revenues in Excess of £500m in Record Breaking Season
Analysis of the images reportedly revealed traces of drilling on the anti-meteorite shield. This suggests that the spacecraft was drilled at a later time when it was fully assembled.