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”The commander of the International Space Station has confirmed that a leak in its space capsule was caused deliberately and could have had “severe” consequences for him and his crew…

Nasa said at the time the crew were “never in any danger”, but photographs of the hole released later showed what appeared to be drill marks around it, sparking speculation about who carried out what appeared to be a deliberate attempt at sabotage.

Alexander Gerst, the German-born commander of the mission, has now scotched suggestions aired in sections of the Russian media that the hole was the work of US astronauts on a previous mission.

Instead Gerst appeared to suggest it was the fault of a botched repair job subsequently covered up by construction or maintenance crews on the ground…

“It’s still pretty obvious that it was a man made hole. The hole was there and it was just covered by a little glue, so the question is how did it get there?”

…the situation might have been much more serious had the air leakage begun when the Soyuz was taking the crew up to the ISS.

“As an astronaut you think ‘Well, what would have happened if it broke loose a little bit earlier, when we were travelling to the space station, when you only have a very small volume of air in that spacecraft?’,” he said.

“Even though the hole was small in that case it would have been more severe for us.””

Source: Leak on International Space Station blamed on 'botched repair job'

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Fixing A Hole… 1704 Dr. Troglodyte 29-Dec-18 18:16
Re: Fixing A Hole… 249 ldennyjr 29-Dec-18 21:58
Re: Fixing A Hole… 196 Lost_In_Place 01-Jan-19 09:22
Quantum Bit 197 Dr. Troglodyte 01-Jan-19 23:00
Re: Quantum Bit 181 Lost_In_Place 03-Jan-19 02:58
Re: Quantum Bit 185 ldennyjr 03-Jan-19 04:35
Re: Quantum Bit 224 Dr. Troglodyte 03-Jan-19 17:45
'botched repair job' 187 Dr. Troglodyte 04-Jan-19 18:20
Re: 'botched repair job' 175 ldennyjr 04-Jan-19 19:02
Re: 'botched repair job' 281 Lost_In_Place 05-Jan-19 01:37

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