Thursday , December 3 2020

Here's how two Russian astronauts have repaired the Soyuz spacecraft during a 8-hour walk

The Soyuz MS-09 ship tapered in the ISS. Image: ESA / A. Gerst

Both Russian cosmonaus, Oleg Kononenko and Sergei Prokopyev, had to go out to explore a mysterious hole (yes, another) that had appeared outside the Soyuz MS 09. The space to check the condition of the ship and repair the damage lasts for 7 hours and 45 minutes.

The Soyuz capsule, made in Russia, is currently attached to the International Space Station (ISS). On August 29 there was a small air leak inside the ISS, a 2-millimeter "micro-break" result in the ship town. The event did not pose any risk to the astronauts, and the hole had been fast fixed. However, the hole case is still unknown, and the incident has caused many arguments.

Initially, the hole was thought to have been caused by a micrometeorite, but after its close inspection, it seems that the hole has caused a "strong hand," said Executive Director Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin , several days after the event. Rogozin added that "that is caused by human hand, there are signs that drill has poured its face". The head of Roscosmos said that the damage could have occurred on Earth during the manufacturing process, but this was abolished later. The same thing happens with other possibilities, as a possible sabotage in an orbit. Shortly after these comments, a number of Russian media began to distribute the theory that NASA had sabotaged and ISS deliberately.

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The hole that appeared in the Soyuz MS-09 ship before it was sealed with a thermal cycle. Image: NASA

Regardless of the case, the reminder mission has been extremely complicated. Kononenko had to break the antimeteorite shield from outside the ship. Subsequently, the cosmonauts made a visual examination of the area and took photographs. They collected some samples from the surface around the hole and were collected back to the ISS for analysis. The Soyuz capsule is expected to return to the Earth on December 20. [New York Times, TASS]

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