NASA skeptical on sabotage theory after mystery ISS leak

NASA skeptical on sabotage theory after mystery ISS leak

NASA astronauts Drew Füstel and Ricky Arnold and Oleg Artimyev of Roskosmos landed in the southeast of Kazak town of Kazakhstan at 11.45 pm on global time.

But NASA, the USA space agency, countered in a statement that ruling out defects "does not necessarily mean the hole was created intentionally or with mal-intent".

Roscosmos and NASA have each opened their own investigations of the 2 millimeter-wide hole detected in late August on the exterior wall of a Russian Soyuz capsule docked to the space station after ground operators reported slight dips in pressure levels.

These astronauts have come back in a time when officials from Russia and the United States are investigating a mysterious hole in a Russian spacecraft on the space station.

ISS astronauts are planning a spacewalk in November to gather more information on the hole. The hole has been identified and fixed by space station crew.

Currently, Expedition 57 continues station research and operations with a crew comprised of Serena Aunon, Chancellor of NASA, Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency) and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos.

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will attend next week's Soyuz launch and plans to meet with Rogozin to discuss the highly sensitive matter.

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While he was on his third mission in space, 47-year-old Artemyev and 54-year-old Arnold had previously only served on one mission each.

One of them made a music video.

Feustel is returning to Earth Thursday at 7:45 a.m. EDT with fellow crew members Ricky Arnold and Oleg Artemyev ending a 197-day stay in space.

"To me and for our nation it was really important (those lessons) weren't lost", he said.

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