The mystery remains unsolved as NASA addresses an unexplained space station hole


The two-millimeters hole, which caused a slow pressure leak, was discovered on the Russian side of the orbital outpost.on August 29.

The saga over who or what caused the damage has taken a number of odd turns, and Russian space agency Roscosmos just issued a statement that adds yet another wrinkle.

Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut returned to Earth Thursday wrapping up a six-month mission at the International Space Station as tensions between Washington and Moscow threaten a rare area of cooperation.

Dimitri Rogozin the general director of Russian space agency Roscosmos made a public comment in this week which shut out the reason of manufacturing defect. After the event concluded without leaving any damage to the ISS or its crew, the Russians said they think the leak was part of sabotage.

Initially, the hole was thought to have been caused by a micrometeorite or a manufacturing defect. NASA says that simply indicates that this is an isolated issue which does not categorically affect future production.

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The International Space Station program is tentatively planning a spacewalk for November to examine the hole from the outside.

Since the retirement of NASA's space shuttle in 2011, Russia's Soyuz has offered the only ride for people to and from the station.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are scheduled to reach Earth on October 11.

Feustel on Wednesday turned over command of the station to European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst of Germany.

In his interview, Rogozin also said there were problems in the relationship between Roskosmos and NASA - something he blamed on anti-Russian sentiment.