The Causes Behind the Russian Spacecraft’s Hole

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According to TASS, a Russian news agency, the International Space Station (ISS) got a leak aboard last week, and the responsibility for that is the Russian Soyuz spacecraft which might have received its wounds before leaving the Earth while being manufactured.

Further information regarding the hole

The hole was discovered during the night if the 29th of August due to a slight pressure drop noticed by the ISS controller who alerted the crewmembers on the situation the next day as the issue was not severe. In the morning the astronauts found the cause of the depressurization to be a hole measuring 2 millimeters, 0.08 inches in the center-carrying Soyuz’s upper orbital module. The spacecraft arrived in June at the station.

The Soyuz commander, cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, fixed the problem by patching the hole with epoxy. Since that happened, no other pressure change was identified, according to NASA officials. The crewmembers were never in any danger.

What causes the hole?

It is still unclear what the source of the whole is but some would say that it happened due to a micrometeoroid strike and others who have gotten the most accurate theory would say that human error made it happen. A drilling mishap might have been the tool which got that circular hole which is similar to nearby marks on the module wall.

During the testing or the final assembly of the Soyuz was the moment when this occurred based on TASS’ recently published report on the issue. These processes both take place at the Soyuz’s builder-run facilities in Energia, the Russian aerospace company which is located neat Moscow in Korolyov.

Since 2011 when NASA’s space shuttle program retired, the astronauts were brought to and from the ISS with the Soyuz spacecraft which launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan.

Patrick Supernaw

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