The mystery remains unsolved as NASA addresses an unexplained space station hole

NASA denies hole on Space Station was confirmed to be deliberate

Washington, Oct 5 Two astronauts from NASA and one from the Russian Space agency Roscosmos have returned safely to Earth after 197 days of scientific research on the International Space Station.

A few hours later, Roscosmos spokesman Vladimir Ustimenko clarified that Rogozin didn't mean to say Russian Federation was bailing out of the NASA-led project. "It has factually reached the conclusion that rules out any manufacturing defect, which is important for finding out the truth", he said.

Intrigue continues about what - or who - punctured a hole in a Russian spacecraft that caused a small but potentially serious loss of pressure aboard the International Space Station in late August.




Last month the Russian daily Kommersant reported that an investigation had probed the possibility that United States astronauts deliberately drilled the hole in order to get a sick colleague sent back home - something Russian officials later denied. By the end of their mission, they will have circled planet Earth 3,152 times and traveled 83.4 million miles (134 million kilometers), NASA officials said in a statement. Though NASA called the leak "minor" and said the six-person crew was never in danger, astronauts were concerned about the potential need for an emergency evacuation. "We will find the reason and we will reveal the reason no matter what it is".

Today, October 4, at the worldwide space station (ISS) ended the work of the 56th expedition.

Both Feustel and Arnold completed several spacewalks which took them beyond the confines of the ISS and into the vacuum of space. This issue is to be discussed, in particular, when Rogozin will meet with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on October 10.

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