Too early to say if Soyuz hull was damaged before or in flight. NASA says will not comment on spacewalk findings until samples studied | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Too early to say if Soyuz hull was damaged before or in flight. NASA says will not comment on spacewalk findings until samples studied

Tuesday’s spacewalk has failed to establish with certainty whether the hole, which caused a pressure leak from the International Space Station (ISS) in August, was drilled on the ground or during the flight, the head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos told TASS on Wednesday. Dmitry Rogozin was asked whether unidentified traces, which Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergei Prokofyev found on the outer side of the hull during their spacewalk, support the theory that the hole was sealed from the outside, and, therefore, the spacecraft’s hull was damaged before the flight. "No, not at all," he replied. "It could either be [traces of] the sealant used to patch the hole when the leak began, or the one applied from the outside. The samples will be sent for chemical analysis when the spacecraft returns to the Earth on December 20." "There is one thing we can say for sure - the samples necessary to answer the main question have been collected," the official added. In an interview with New York Times, published when the spacewalk was under way on Tuesday, Rogozin said that the damage to the spacecraft was most likely a deliberate action. "It was intentional damage to the ship, we are convinced of this now," the Russian space official was quoted as saying. "This was intentional action; manual, intentional action."
The US national space agency, NASA, said it was too early to draw any conclusions on causes of August’s air leak from the International Space Station before samples obtained during a Russian spacewalk are examined on the ground. http://tass.com/science/1035589

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