NASA downplays ISS leak in latest update

NASA downplays ISS leak in latest update

NASA downplays ISS leak in latest update

Expedition 55 Flight Engineers Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold stepped outside of the International Space Station for the second of two related EVAs, completing the primary objectives of upgrading cooling system hardware and installing new and updated communications equipment for future dockings of commercial crew spacecraft.

The saga over who or what caused the damage has taken a number of unusual turns, and Russian space agency Roscosmos just issued a statement that adds yet another wrinkle.

An Indian astronaut may travel to the International Space Station (ISS) on board a Soyuz spacecraft for a short training mission in 2022, a Russian media report said on Wednesday, citing a source in the Russian space industry.

According to Dmitry Rogozin, who was placed under United States sanctions over the Ukraine crisis in 2014, said he experienced difficulties in collaborating with NASA and other U.S. agencies to solve out the issue of the ISS hole.

Astronauts have said the 2-millimeter hole is a clean one that was "clearly man-made", not a jagged strike from a micrometeorite or space junk, though the joint investigation has not yet confirmed that.

But just because it doesn't appear to be a manufacturing defect doesn't mean that it wasn't accidental, and that so far indications suggest this was an isolated incident.

Drew Feustel needs to return to Earth this week after his stay on the worldwide space station, but he did it as a parting gift.

The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit.

If the mission proves successful, India will join an elite group of only three countries - Russia, US and China - which have the capability to launch a manned mission to outer space. Administrator Bridenstine is scheduled to attend the launch and plans to meet with Mr. Rogozin.

In his interview, Rogozin also said there were problems in the relationship between Roskosmos and NASA - something he blamed on anti-Russian sentiment.

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