The response of the Russian Space Agency (Roskosmos) and its head, Dmitry Rogozin, has triggered a Kommersant newspaper report, according to which the committee responsible for investigating the cause of the “hole” detected at the International Space Station on 30 August, resulting in an oxygen leak, tends to the version that says American astronauts did it with a screwdriver to get back to Earth more quickly because one of their colleagues is sick.
Rosicky’s official spokeswoman Vladimir Uzimmenko said the company will not comment on this before the committee responsible for the investigation of the causes that caused the micro-crack on the Soyuz spacecraft is announced.
For his part, as TASS broadcasts and relayed the News Agency, Roskosmos head Dmitry Rogozin said that before the Special Committee’s report is published, any claims that refer to “sources” are to be rejected. He added that “the propagation of speculation and rumors about the incident at the International Space Station does not help Roskosmos’ expert work and aims to undermine the partnership that has been created between the crew members of the International Space Station.”
The Kommersant newspaper, citing its own sources, wrote yesterday that Roscosmos’s committee, investigating the causes that caused the microarray on the Soyuz MC-09, sees as the primary version the intentional actions of American astronauts who wanted to speed up their return to Earth, because a colleague would like to have normal hospitalization.
However, American astronaut Andrew Feustel categorically denied the version in an interview with ABC News. “I categorically declare that the crew has nothing to do with it. I think it’s absolutely ashamed and somewhat weird, you’re wasting your time on such things and saying that the crew (ISS) is involved in it, “he said.