The Russian Soyuz-MS-09 crew craft (left) and Northrop Grumman (formerly Orbital ATK) Cygnus space freighter, are connected to the International Space Station. REUTERS/NASA/handout
The hole discovered in Russia’s International Space Station last week was probably intentionally drilled to destroy the mission, space agency officials said Tuesday.
Astronauts last week saw a decline of the pressure caused by a small hole, and thought that the difference was caused by a small meteorite, the country’s space agency chief told Phys.org. An astronaut ended up with his finger to temporarily close.
But the hole can be of a cosmic twisted plot to sabotage the satellite — possibly carried out by a mentally deranged astronaut who wanted to go home early, science, news channels reported, quoting experts and officials of the government
“As a cosmonaut pulled this strange stunt — and that cannot be excluded — it is really bad,” said Maxim Surayev of President Vladimir Putin from the ruling party to the state-run RIA Novosti news agency, according to the outlet.
“We are all people, and everyone would want to go home, but this method is very low,” he said.
An analysis of the hole is stored on the ship, ” he said.
If the hole had not seen, astronauts would run out of air in 18 days, according to the UK Telegraph.
It is also possible the drilling occurred while the space station was still based on Earth, said space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin.
“There were several attempts to drill,” he said. “There is a version that we do not exclude: intentional interference in the space.”
When the leak was discovered last week, an astronaut aboard, Alexander Barley, first connected with his finger. The crew then patched the hole with a rubber plug made of duct tape, a gauze and a vacuum-proof coating, the Telegraph reported.
Roscosmos, a state-run Russian space agency, launched an investigation into a possible offender.
This story was previously published in the New York Post.