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NASA Statement on International Space Station Leak Investigation

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
October 3, 2018
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International Space Station (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — Below is NASA’s statement about the International Space Station Leak Investigation:

On Aug. 29, 2018 a small hole was discovered on the International Space Station. This resulted in a pressure leak. The hole has been identified and fixed by space station crew.

Russian media recently reported that General Director Rogozin said the hole was not a manufacturing defect. Ruling out a manufacturing defect indicates that this is an isolated issue which does not categorically affect future production.

This conclusion does not necessarily mean the hole was created intentionally or with mal-intent. NASA and Roscosmos are both investigating the incident to determine the cause. The International Space Station Program is tentatively planning a spacewalk in November to gather more information.

On October 11, American Astronaut Nick Hague and Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin will launch to the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Administrator Bridenstine is scheduled to attend the launch and plans to meet with Mr. Rogozin. This will be their first in-person meeting. They had a telephone call on September 12 during which they discussed the International Space Station leak.

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6 responses to “NASA Statement on International Space Station Leak Investigation”

  1. Robert G. Oler says:


  2. Andrew Tubbiolo says:

    Sounds to me like the makings of some really great network reality TV programming. The only question is does the loser get kicked off the station, forced to stay, or are they grounded to the Bigellow module without dinner?

  3. ThomasLMatula says:

    Maybe the Grelims did it… Where is Bugs Bunny when you need him?

  4. AdmBenson says:

    There have to be some tense meals these days on the ISS. Everybody eating silently and wondering who might be the secret hole driller. It makes you wonder what would happen if they caught the culprit.

    On the other hand, if it was a worker on the ground, hard labor in a gulag would be an appropriate punishment.

    • ThomasLMatula says:

      Probably not. The Cosmonauts know how things work in their country and likely explained it to the others. The original explanation, that a worker likely drilled it by accident and then tried to cover it up by sealing it, is probably the mostly likely one. But for the Russians to admit that would mean admitting that their quality control is no longer working, something they are not going to do, especially as they don’t seem to be able to identify who did it.

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