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Russian astronaut: Crack on ISS could be from “external impact”

Russian astronaut, Sergei Ryzhikov, today noted that to him the 1-inch crack causing the leak on ISS appeared to have been caused by an “external impact.”

Speaking with Flight Director of the Russian segment of the ISS Vladimir Solovyov, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Ryzhikov said: “If you take a closer look at the picture, there are changes of color in the middle of the crack.”

“We suspect an external impact,” Ryzhikov said adding that the place of the suspected impact should be examined during the crew’s next spacewalk, which is scheduled for November 18.

This conclusion is different than that expressed yesterday by another Russian astronaut, who suggested the crack was from age and wear and tear of the twenty-year-old Zvezda module.

Either way, an inspection of the exterior point of the crack is essential in order to permanently seal it, and that inspection will tell us one way or the other the cause of the crack.

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One comment

  • Phill O

    The advantage of intellectual freedom is more perspectives on a problem.

    The worst thing is tunnel thinking.

    The free worlds politics seem to have gone the latter, particularly on the left. Dictatorships (or companies) fail when everyone is too afraid to express an opinion or idea.

    This problem with two possible different causes will be fix (IMO) partly due to thinking outside the box(space station)..

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