Rus­sian space chief, NASA dis­cuss leak

North Bay Nugget - - NATIONAL NEWS -

MOSCOW — The Rus­sian space agency’s chief has talked to his NASA coun­ter­part about a mys­te­ri­ous leak at the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion, Roscos­mos said Thurs­day.

The agency said that its di­rec­tor Dmitry Ro­gozin in­formed NASA Ad­min­is­tra­tor Jim Bri­den­s­tine about the Rus­sian probe into the leak that was spot­ted last month in the Rus­sian Soyuz space­craft docked at the sta­tion. The crew of three Amer­i­cans, two Rus­sians and a ger­man quickly lo­cated and sealed the tiny hole that cre­ated a slight loss of pres­sure.

Roscos­mos added that Ro­gozin and Bri­den­s­tine agreed Wed­nes­day to re­frain from any pre­lim­i­nary state­ments on the mat­ter un­til the end of the of­fi­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ro­gozin has pre­vi­ously said that the hole could have been drilled dur­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing or while in or­bit, a state­ment that has raised some con­ster­na­tion.

With­out specif­i­cally men­tion­ing Ro­gozin, Rus­sia’s Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Yuri Borisov on Wed­nes­day sternly warned against spec­u­la­tions that the crew could be re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing the hole. “It’s ab­so­lutely un­ac­cept­able to cast a shadow on Rus­sian cos­mo­nauts or Amer­i­can as­tro­nauts,” Borisov said.

Ro­gozin him­self then changed course, say­ing in a Face­book post that “spread­ing ru­mours and spec­u­la­tion about what hap­pened on the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion doesn’t help Roscos­mos ex­perts’ work and un­der­mines the friendly at­mos­phere in the crew.”

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