Russian Space Capsule Carrying Three Lands Safely in Kazakhstan

Russian Space Capsule Carrying Three Lands Safely in Kazakhstan

An air leak occurred due to a small hole in the spacecraft at the International Space Station at the end of August.

And, now Nasa is trying to clamp down on the notion that the hole was intentional.

Russian Federation is looking at building a lunar station jointly with Chinese partners, CEO of Russia's state space corporation Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, said, TASS reports.

Last month, the current ISS commander, American Drew Feustel, pointedly pushed back against the insinuation that any of the crew was responsible.

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Astronauts have said the 2-millimeter hole is a clean one that was "clearly man-made", not a jagged strike from a micrometeorite or space junk, though the joint investigation has not yet confirmed that. "Ruling out a manufacturing defect indicates that this is an isolated issue which does not categorically affect future production", it said. Rogozin said the commission's main line of inquiry was that the hole had been drilled deliberately, a position that has been voiced in the past.

The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit. The U.S. agency continues to rely on Russian Soyuz rocket launches to ferry astronauts to and from the space station.

Feustel, Arnold and Artemyev launched to the space station on March 21 and will have spent 197 days in space as members of Expeditions 55 and 56 when they return home. This issue is to be discussed, in particular, when Rogozin will meet with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on October 10.

They performed maintenance by replacing external cameras mounted on the space station and also upgraded various components related to the spacecraft's cooling and communications systems.

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