Hole in Soyuz Spacecraft deliberate; Russia

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Russia has begun a probe into how a hole had appeared in its Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft. Russia’s Roscosmos state space corporation head Dmitry Rogozin had earlier raised doubts that the hole
be deliberate spoilage.

Soyuz is at present docked at the International Space Station. Earlier it was thought that the hole might have been caused by a meteorite. However, the space agency chief had raised the doubt of deliberate puncturing.

Rogozin was quoted as saying that the meteorite impact has been rejected because the spaceship’s hull was evidently impacted from inside. “But it seems to have been done by a faltering hand. It was done by a human hand – there are traces of a drill sliding along the surface,” he told the media.

He said it will be looked into if the fracture was the result of an accident or an act of “deliberate spoilage”, and if done on Earth or in space.

The hole was detected after a pressure drop was registered on the spacecraft overnight on August 30.

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