A couple of weeks ago I reported that something NEFARIOUS was going on at the Russian Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft docked at the International Space Station, circling 250 miles above Earth.
The alarm was first raised last week, when mission controllers in Houston and Moscow noticed a fall in cabin pressure on the ISS.
Astronauts then discovered a small 2mm hole drilled in the body of the spacecraft that … wait for it… may have been deliberately made.
If the hole had not been found, the astronauts would have run out of air in 18 days. Thankfully, it was small enough to be fixed using special sealing tape.
At first, various theories were floated, including damage caused by a micrometeorite. Now, the Daily Mail is reporting that Russian investigators say it was caused deliberately.
Speaking on Monday, Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian space agency Roskosmos, said that an official investigative report had confirmed their theory.
‘It concluded that a manufacturing defect had been ruled out which is important to establish the truth,’ he 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.
‘Where it was made will be established by a second commission, which is at work now,’ he said.
Officials are hoping that secondary investigation will identify the people or persons responsible.
Theories now range from a CRAZED ASTRONAUT SUFFERING FROM SPACE MADNESS WHO IS TRYING TO KILL THEM ALL to RUSSIAN WORKERS ON THE GROUND SABOTAGING IT SO THAT THEY CAN BLAME AMERICANS FOR THE DAMAGE AND START A WORLD WAR.
The Russian media speculated that a US astronaut might have sabotaged the spacecraft to delay a possible early return to earth due to alleged sickness of one member of the ISS crew.
Rogozin even held phone talks with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
The men later released a joint statement which said: ‘The Administrator and the General Director noted speculations circulating in the media regarding the possible cause of the incident and agreed on deferring any preliminary conclusions and providing any explanations until the final investigation has been completed.
Stay tuned for more updates. (Photo: Pixabay)