Last week, the Soyuz Capsule left the ISO and safely returned three crew members back to Earth. The withdrawal of the capsule marked the end of the exciting ISS ship for NASA astronaut Serena Aujnon-chancellor, German astronaut Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopiev. We wondered at that time whether the capsule had samples that Russian cosmonauts had cut from about a mysterious hole that appeared in the same Soyuz module.
The samples that were cut around the hole were Soyuz, who returned to Earth last week. Cosmonauts Prokopiev and Oleg Kononenko collected samples during the spacecraft on 12 December. One of the astronauts confirmed that the opening was awakened from inside the ISS and confirmed that Russian law enforcement works to determine the reasons for this issue.
Russia speculated that sabotage could be the root, but the ISS crew denied any possibility of sabotage. Prokopiev said: "You do not have to think so bad about our team."
The hole was discovered when a loss of pressure was detected on the ship at the station. The crew could then quickly locate the hole and seal using epoxy and glue. The hole did not pose a risk to crew members of the ISS or the crew who returned to Earth in the capsule.
The investigation is ongoing and has not made final decisions. Russia said the hole could be triggered on the ground before the launch of the spacecraft or into orbit.