Sab­o­tage on Soyuz al­leged

The Guardian Weekly - - World Round Up -

An air leak on the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion might have been sab­o­tage, ac­cord­ing to the head of Rus­sia’s Roscos­mos space agency, and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der way.

Dmitry Ro­gozin said the hole de­tected in a Rus­sian Soyuz mo­d­ule docked at the ISS was caused by a drill and could have been done de­lib­er­ately, ei­ther back on Earth or by some­one in orbit. “There were sev­eral at­tempts at drilling,” Ro­gozin said in tele­vised com­ments.

As­tro­nauts used tape to seal the leak af­ter it caused a small loss of pres­sure that was not life-threat­en­ing.

Ro­gozin said ini­tial sug­ges­tions that the hole was most likely caused from out­side by a tiny me­te­orite had been ruled out.

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