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Rogozin: Investigation into Soyuz sabotage to continue on ISS

In his remarks to journalists today Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin also said that the Russian investigation into the hole that was drilled in a Soyuz capsule last year is not over, and that they plan to do further “experiments” on ISS.

“The samples collected on the ISS are insufficient for final conclusions. Apparently, additional experiments in orbit will be required,” Rogozin said.

What those “additional experiments in orbit” will be was not explained. I suspect he is referring to the security cameras the Russians are installing on their part of ISS, with the hope of catching the saboteur in the act.

What I think is going on here is that they have not been able to uncover who did this on the ground, and are now trying to imply it might have been sabotage by a U.S. astronaut. Rogozin can’t say this outright, because he wants to keep good relations with the U.S. in the partnership on ISS. He can hint at it, however, and let his own press run with it.

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3 comments

  • wodun

    Drilling holes in the ISS doesn’t seem like something any sane astronaut or cosmonaut would do. Its like being in a rowboat in the middle of the ocean and drilling a hole in the hull.

  • Col Beausabre

    “We have your family, comrade – wife, children, both sets of parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, your in laws, all of them” is all they need to whisper in someone’s ear. “Do we have your attention? Good!”

    As for “his own press”, it sure is “his own”. Everything published or broadcast in Russia is government controlled. As a matter of fact, the average Russian discounts Western media because he can’t conceive of a media not under government control

  • pzatchok

    Were did the tape come from?

    The tape that covered up the hole was either American or Russian. It was either put over the hole in Russia on the ground or they have that very same tape on the station.

    Who on the station would have the time and privacy to pull all the inside stuff away, make the hole, tape it up, and then put everything back just perfect before anyone found them doing it?

    This was a ground job and the Russians are just embarrassed by it.
    Either its sabotage or an accident. For the Russians which would be better?

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