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Tue Sep 4, 2018, 02:15 PM

Space station leak could have been sabotage, Russia says.

Source: NBC News

The chief of Russia's space agency is claiming that the small hole that caused an air leak on the International Space Station last week wasn't caused by a meteorite, as originally thought, but was deliberately drilled and could be evidence of sabotage.

"We are considering all the theories," Dmitry Rogozin, the space agency chief, told the Russian news agency Tass on Monday. "The one about the meteorite impact has been rejected because the spaceship's hull was evidently impacted from inside ... It was done by a human hand there are traces of a drill sliding along the surface."

The hole, a 2-millimeter (0.08-inch) perforation that was found last Wednesday in a Soyuz spacecraft docked at the station, could have been an "accidental defect" introduced during construction of the craft or a "deliberate spoilage," Rogozin told Tass, adding that it could have been made on Earth or in space.

"Now it is essential to see the reason, to learn the name of the one responsible for that," he said. "And we will find out, without fail." A NASA spokesperson declined to comment on the report, but the agency said last week that a commission had been convened to determine the source of the leak, which was successfully sealed on Thursday by astronauts aboard the station.




Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/space-station-leak-could-have-been-sabotage-russia-says-ncna906201



Well, the Russians really are going around the bend on this one, IMO.

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Reply Space station leak could have been sabotage, Russia says. (Original post)
MicaelS Sep 2018 OP
catbyte Sep 2018 #1
7962 Sep 2018 #5
MosheFeingold Sep 2018 #22
lagomorph777 Sep 2018 #23
Liberalagogo Sep 2018 #2
KCDebbie Sep 2018 #13
Jedi Guy Sep 2018 #20
groundloop Sep 2018 #3
paleotn Sep 2018 #16
BumRushDaShow Sep 2018 #4
still_one Sep 2018 #6
aeromanKC Sep 2018 #7
djacq Sep 2018 #8
JustABozoOnThisBus Sep 2018 #9
efhmc Sep 2018 #10
byronius Sep 2018 #11
edbermac Sep 2018 #12
lagomorph777 Sep 2018 #24
left-of-center2012 Sep 2018 #14
0rganism Sep 2018 #15
Xipe Totec Sep 2018 #17
ret5hd Sep 2018 #18
dchill Sep 2018 #19
keithbvadu2 Sep 2018 #21

Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 02:21 PM

1. Give me a break.

It sounds like a guy fucked up with his drill then did a poor job of covering it up. Either way, the guy who did it is toast.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 02:32 PM

5. You're right about that, since its in the Russian capsule!

 

Probably a couple workers hauling ass in Russia right now

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Response to catbyte (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 5, 2018, 10:01 AM

22. I think you are correct

Sounds like someone screwed up during assembly, patched it, and the patch came loose due to the extreme cold and hot cycling of space.

Pretty typical for Soviet/Russian engineering, really.

I doubt there are drills on the space station.

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Response to MosheFeingold (Reply #22)

Wed Sep 5, 2018, 10:15 AM

23. There are drills on the space station, but sabotage would be suicide.

I don't think anybody up there is quite that nuts.

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 02:24 PM

2. Hillary and Obama did it

 

with their secret space force of pedophiles.

In before Alex Jones runs with this.


(BTW------> )

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Response to Liberalagogo (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 03:36 PM

13. Give it time - it will happen!

 

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Response to Liberalagogo (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 08:49 PM

20. Yup.

They launched from their top secret facility in the back of that pizzeria.

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 02:27 PM

3. It seems that the important fact here is that the hole is in a Soyuz capsule, NOT the space station.

That most likely makes it a Russian QC problem.

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Response to groundloop (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 04:44 PM

16. Bingo

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 02:29 PM

4. I was hoping they would keep the ISS out of it

but apparently the screws are being turned now and the high stakes extortion is apparently about to begin.

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 02:33 PM

6. Sounds like a Greenwald theory

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 02:43 PM

7. Russia does know a thing or two about sabotaging.

Our Democracy AND DU on Election day for example!!

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 02:49 PM

8. Sabotage with lack of evidence.

I will believe micro meteorite or manufactured defect before I believe sabotage.

Compromising infrastructure of the ISS can turn out to be a serious matter for all onboard.

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 03:01 PM

9. Probably a mistake during construction

Hole-drilling robot #2: Anyone know how this hole got here?

Hole-drilling robot #3: No, but we can blame Hole-drilling robot #1.

Hole-drilling robot #2: What happened to Hole-drilling robot #1?

Hole-drilling robot #3: He changed his name to DU-trolling-robot #873. Better pay, more vodka.

Hole-drilling robot #2: I can cover hole with masking tape. Where is DU-trolling employment office?

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 03:02 PM

10. Endurance by Scott Kelly (who spent a year on the ISS.)

sheds some pretty interesting facts on how poorly the Russian workers and cosmonauts are paid and treated. They always respond positively when asked how they are and how things are going on their mission even when it it not true. Their bonuses and treatment and jobs depend on answering this way,

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 03:20 PM

11. Guilty conscience much?

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 03:26 PM

12. Probably Dr Smith did it.

He has a history of sabotaging spaceships.

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Response to edbermac (Reply #12)

Wed Sep 5, 2018, 10:16 AM

24. Hah! Yes!

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 04:18 PM

14. From the link

"Russia Today reported that a source with Energia, the maker of the Soyuz spacecraft,
said the hole had been made on the ground by a worker who accidentally drilled it and then
rather than reporting the mistake simply sealed it.

The seal held for the two months the spacecraft has been in orbit before drying up and being dislodged by air pressure, according to the report."

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #14)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 04:29 PM

15. "we will find out, without fail"

well, they weren't wrong

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 05:14 PM

17. Give them credit for finding and plugging leaks. Unlike a certain unnamed white house administration

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 07:18 PM

18. 14 PSI (or less)...

Anybody bring some bubble gum?

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 08:07 PM

19. "Deliberate spoilage." Like our 2016 elections?

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Response to MicaelS (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 09:09 PM

21. Let Trump send out a tweet.

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