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Russia, US address ISS leak in joint statement

• by David Szondy

The release says that the two agencies have complete confidence in one another, as well as in the station crew, that the investigation is well in hand, and that the ISS is operating normally.

The statement comes in the light of developments following the discovery of a loss in pressure aboard the ISS on August 29. This was eventually traced to a two-millimeter hole in the Orbital Module of the Soyuz TMA capsule (MS-09/55S) berthed with the station – one of a pair of Soyuz spacecraft used to ferry crews back and forth from Earth.

This leak was first attributed to a micrometeorite impact, but subsequent reports in the Russian news media and statements attributed to Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin suggested that the hole was actually caused by a worker back on Earth, who accidentally drilled in the wrong place and tried to cover the mistake up with glue.

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