NASA gave an update of the ongoing investigation for a small air leak in the laboratory on a circuit that the astronauts noticed on August 30.
“Recently, Russian media reported that Director-General Rogozin said it was not a manufacturing mistake,” the statement said. “Overlooking manufacturing error indicated that it is an isolated problem that does not unconditionally affect future production.”
Rogozin and NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine are scheduled to meet up personally in next week for the first time. This visit will correspond with the release of astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexy Ovchinin. Last month, the two leaders talked about the leak investigation led by Russia through video.
NASA’s statement today confirms that the investigation is ongoing and that NASA is also looking into the issue. “This outcome does not essentially mean that the hole was made intentionally or with malicious intent, and NASA and Roscosmos are investigating the incident to determine the cause,” the statement said. “For now, the International Space Station program intends a spacewalk in November to congregate more information.”
The air leak was detected on August 29 after a slight pressure drop on the station. This was then a 2 mm wide hole in a Soyuz capsule that was docked to the space station in June. The gap has been successfully remedied and, as it is in a module that does not return to Earth, this does not affect the astronauts’ ability to return in December.
Russia also claimed that the Errant drill might be the cause of the air leak in the Space Station. Earlier it was believed to be the consequence of hit by speeding space debris. According to the video released by NASA, the hole was the perfectly drawn circle with trails of scratches and scuffs.
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