NASA investigates space station hole, plans spacewalk

NASA investigates space station hole, plans spacewalk

NASA investigates space station hole, plans spacewalk

Currently, Roscosmos is investigating a small drill hole that was discovered in a remote area of the station that caused a loss of pressure on board last month, but no major damage or loss of life.

Roscosmos and NASA have now both opened their own investigations of the hole, which was 2mm wide and appeared in August on a Russian Soyuz capsule.

Lander spacecraft Soyuz MS-08 is one of Russian Federation cosmonaut and two American astronauts returned to NASA from the global space station to Earth.

A few hours later, Roscosmos spokesman Vladimir Ustimenko clarified that Rogozin didn't mean to say Russian Federation was bailing out of the NASA-led project.

In a concise explanation issued from its Washington headquarters, NASA stressed that Dimitri Rogozin, general chief of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, had out in the open comments this week ruled out a manufacturing defect as the reason.

The space agency said that the statement by Roscosmos 'indicates that this is an isolated issue which does not categorically affect future production'. The U.S. agency continues to rely on Russian Soyuz rocket launches to ferry astronauts to and from the space station.

Today, October 4, at the worldwide space station (ISS) ended the work of the 56th expedition.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine plans to meet Rogozin - their first in-person encounter - when he attends the launch.

The spacewalkers also replaced components of the space station's cooling system and communications network, and installed new wireless communication antennas for external experiments.

"Special thanks to the crew of the 55th and 56th expeditions for their support and participation in our mission to explore outer space".

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