Russian Federation probes sabotage on space station

Russia isn't ruling out the possibility of sabotage on the ISS

The International Space Station is leaking, and Russian Federation knows what happened.

Last week, the current crew, consisting of three USA astronauts, two Russians and one German, woke up to the alarming news a two millimetres in diameter hole was causing the space station to lose oxygen.

The leak was discovered last Wednesday (29 August) evening when sensors aboard the ISS detected a slow loss of cabin air pressure. The discovery was alarming since Soyuz is the only option astronauts have of traveling back to earth, with the United States ending its space shuttle program back in 2011. They're looking for the saboteur's identity; their reason for drilling the hole, and where it happened, whether it was done by an astronaut in space or if it was created by a ground crew.

Astronauts quickly used Kapton tape, a type of adhesive which works even in extreme temperatures, to plug 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.

Dmitry Rogozin, space agency chief of Russia's space agency, said that the hole in the space station-which caused an air leak-wasn't of natural causes.

This has prompted speculation on how the hole was created, with the Russian Space Agency convening a meeting with its worldwide counterparts on September 10.

A spokeswoman for the USA space agency, NASA, did not comment on the origin of the hole as she claimed that in doing so, she would intrude on the Russian investigation. While we might know the exact cause for the mysterious hole until well after that meeting, there have been murmurs suggesting that Russian Federation believes the hole could be a work of sabotage. Rogozin noted that it is a "matter of honor" for Energia Rocket and Space Corporation, the maker of the affected Soyuz MS-09 module, to find the person responsible for the drill hole. He said the drill appeared to have been held by an "unsteady hand". The meteorite impact theory, as viewed by some, was discarded because the agency thought that the hole looked suspiciously artificial. Unlike the lower crew capsule, the orbital module does not survive re-entry into Earth's atmosphere. Rogozin said that the version of the craft that is still on Earth would be checked for similar defects, but he leaned heavily towards a saboteur with a drill and a "wavering hand".

Russian Federation and the United States have promised to work in tandem to find the culprit, but for now, the mystery deepens.

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