Roscosmos Is Investigating Potential Deliberate Soyuz Damage

Russia says space station leak could be deliberate sabotage, PhyOrg

"Space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin said the hole detected Thursday in a Russian space craft docked at the orbiting station was caused by a drill and could have been done deliberately, either back on Earth or by astronauts in space. Astronauts used tape to seal the leak after it caused a small loss of pressure that was not life-threatening. "There were several attempts at drilling," Rogozin said late Monday in televised comments. He added that the drill appeared to have been held by a "wavering hand." "What is this: a production defect or some premeditated actions?" he asked. "We are checking the Earth version. But there is another version that we do not rule out: deliberate interference in space."

Fracture on Soyuz spacecraft most likely caused by technological error -- Roscosmos CEO, TASS

"It is a matter of honor for Energia Rocket and Space Corporation to find the one responsible for that, to find out whether it was an accidental defect or a deliberate spoilage and where it was done - either on Earth or in space. Now it is essential to see the reason, to learn the name of the one responsible for that. And we will find out, without fail," he pledged."

Errant drill likely the culprit in hole in Space Station that caused air leak, Russia says, Houston Chronicle

"The hole astronauts discovered in the Soyuz spacecraft, measuring a fifth of a centimeter in diameter (the thickness of a penny), is a perfect circle followed by a trail of scuffs and scratches. The image was released in a NASA video that the space agency later deleted. The picture of the hole instantly reminded Cowing of his very poor drilling skills, so much so that he said he was surprised Russian officials didn't drop the idea of a space debris impact sooner. "Immediately, this looked like a drill bit bounced or did something wrong," he said. "A micrometeorite hit would have formed a different shape."

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