The discovery of a small 2 mm perforation in the Soyuz capsule attached to the International Space Station at the end of August caused a wave of impact through NASA and Roscosmos. seems to have been pierced from inside the capsule, has a diameter of about 2 mm. Although it never posed a risk to astronauts and cosmonauts on the ISS, R ussia promised a timely investigation and would find the people responsible. So far, so good.
ISS Loss Summary:
The first thought was the MMOD attack.
So NASA released the photos. Many people: "Hmmm, it does not look like MMOD". NASA has deleted the photos.
Top Russian news site RIA NOVOSTI reported – through sources but apparently confirmed by Mr. Rogozin – it was a hole. pic.twitter.com/520kHK0TMc
– Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) 3 September 2018
But a conspiracy theory began to spread in the Russian media that these events were the result of a secret NASA plot to send a sick crew member home soon. This argument has spread to the point where the ISS commander, Drew Feustel, has issued a statement condemning the allegations. "I can unequivocally say that the crew had nothing to do with this in orbit, no doubt, and I think it's really a shame and a little embarrassing that someone is wasting time talking about something in which crew was involved, "said Feustel in an interview with ABC News. NASA also issued a statement emphasizing that it continues to work with Roscosmos to investigate the loss and how it happened.
Would it have been possible to sabotage the Soyuz capsule in space? Not easily, according to experts. The lack of gravity and the shape of the hull in the position where the hole was made means that there is no way for an astronaut or cosmonaut to prepare during drilling – and this is a functional requirement when working at zero -g.
I need to push hard enough to penetrate both the fiberglass and the aluminum wall, "said Pablo De Leon, professor of extravehicular activity and space suit design at the Department of Space Studies at the University of Gizmodo. of North Dakota, Grand Forks. "It's mechanically difficult to do. You have no way to secure yourself with one hand in that particular space to make the hole with the second hand. "
Two individuals could theoretically have made the hole, with one handy enough to reinforce the puncher, but at that point we are arguing that two astronauts, both undergoing numerous psychological tests and training, would put themselves at risk and their teammates in an attempt to return a third astronaut to Earth because of an undiagnosed, undisclosed, and publicly unknown serious medical problem to endanger the entire future of the ISS. fact that NASA does not want to pay $ 85 million for a replacement Soyuz capsule in the event that the current capsule was used to bring the crew back to Earth.
The same anonymous sources that supposedly confirmed this information. Americans have only limited access to the Soyuz and that no access is allowed without the permission of the Russian commander – which would raise their and questions about how two astronauts in a space station with a minimal amount of living space can pierce the wall of a spaceship without anyone being the wiser.
It should be noted that conspiracy theories in Russia tend to have different characteristics than their counterparts in the United States. A complete discussion of how the Russian conspiracy theories take root and spread goes beyond the scope of this article, but if you want to read more on the topic, we have linked some resources. Because outlets like Russia Today (RT) serve as propaganda points for the Russian government, conspiracy theories in Russia are often spread directly by those in power and spread through official channels rather than emerging from below. It is not uncommon to see more theories presented at the same time. Some of you will remember that after MH17 was shot down by Russian troops operating in Ukraine as alleged local resistance fighters, a barrage of contradictory explanations was launched, including:
- The Ukrainian government shot down the plane by accident  The Ukrainian government shot down the plane on purpose
- The Ukrainian government deliberately drove the plane into a war zone
- The Ukrainian government shot down the plane, but with a Su -25, not a missile launcher Buk
- The plane was destroyed by a Buk missile launcher, but was fired by Zaroshchenske, not by Snizhne and it came from an anti-aircraft Ukrainian unit
- Passengers up MH17 were loaded onto the dead plane. Some had died several days before take-off.
The point of disseminating so many different versions of a story is to confuse and confuse the problem to the point that people conclude that it is impossible to know what actually happened. In this case, it could be that Russia wants to avoid the embarrassment of recognizing a manufacturing error that could have endangered the entire crew of the ISS. But at this point there is no reason to believe that the leak of the ISS was caused by anything more than a production error, probably aggravated by an employee's decision to try to repair the damage rather than admit it.
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