Hole found in ISS was ‘deliberately drilled’, says Russian space agency
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Russian space officials have claimed the hole on the International Space Station (ISS) was sabotage after a ‘drill hole’ was found in the space station’s hull.
Space agency boss Dmitry Rogozin revealed that the “micro fracture” found in a Russian spaceship docked at the Nasa orbital lab might have been caused by a drill held with a “wavering hand”.
The 2mm-wide hole in the ISS was initially thought to have been caused by a small meteorite crashing into the £115bn facility.
Rogozin, Head of Roscosmos, said: “Where were these actions taken - on Earth or already in orbit?
“The version of the meteorite has already been swept away, but there was an obvious impact on the shelling of the ship from the inside, but to say more it is really too early.
“There is a version that we do not rule out: deliberate interference in space”.
A state commission will seek to identify the culprit, said Rogozin, calling this a “matter of honour” for Russia’s Energia space manufacturing company, the creators of the spacecraft.
He added: “It's up to RSC Energia to find out who did it, what is it: an error or intentional actions? I would like to know the name of the culprit and we will know.”
Following the allegations of potential sabotage, a Nasa spokeswoman referred all questions to the Russian space agency which is overseeing the commission’s analysis.
Last week, astronauts used tape to seal the leak after it caused a small loss of pressure in the cabin of the Soyuz.