- Sergei Prokopeva, a Russian cosmonaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS), announced in a video posted on Monday that the hole found in the Russian part of the ISS has now been sealed.
- The hole was found on August 29 and was suspected to be caused by a small meteorite, although Russian space agency leader Dmitry Rogozin pointed out that the hole might have been created deliberately as sabotage.
- Prokopeva assured in the video that ‘no one is plugging the hole with a finger’ and that ‘everything is calm on board.’
A video posted on Monday by Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopeva showed that a hole found in the Russian part of the International Space Station (ISS) earlier this month had now been sealed.
The video showed that the two-millimeter hole has now been covered with a black sealant and hidden behind a fabric flap.
News outlets, including The Telegraph and MailOnline, reported shortly after the leak was found that a crew member onboard the ISS plugged the hole with his finger before covering it with a makeshift plug made from medical gauze, bin-bag seals, and duct tape.
Prokopeva denied the rumors in the video, saying in Russian: “No one is plugging the hole with a finger as they write in the media.”
According to NASA, the hole appeared in the Soyuz capsule, on the Russian side of the ISS, on August 29. The following day, Russian officials stated that the main suspect was a small meteorite.
The story then took a sinister turn days later, on September 3, when Russian space agency leader Dmitry Rogozin suggested that the hole might have been created deliberately to sabotage the Russians.
Russia’s state-run news agency TASS reported him saying there were “traces made [by] several attempts to drill a hole.” He reportedly pointed out “traces of a drill sliding along the surface”, and declared, “We don’t reject any theories.”
Meanwhile, Prokopeva reassured viewers in the video, saying, “As you can see, everything is calm on board; we are living in peace and friendship as always.”
The space station is currently suspended 250 miles (402 kilometers) up in space and is home to three Americans, two Russians, and one German.
Source: Science Alert