Cosmonauts to examine mystery hole on ISS spacewalk

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko conducts a spacewalk outside the International Space Station Space in this still image captured from NASA video in space

Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev will conduct a spacewalk to investigate the outside of the Soyuz MS-09, which suffered a pressure leak caused by a small hole back in August.

Rogozin added that Roscosmos would discuss the findings from the investigation with NASA and other space station partners. The astronauts use it to Dock with the ISS and went into the Station.

The pair then returned back inside the space station after determining that they wouldn't need to cover their handywork with a thermal blanket.

The Soyuz capsule had been used to deliver a new crew to the laboratory 400km (250 miles) above the Earth in June. The materials will be brought back to Earth for further examination.

Initially thought to be the result of a micrometeorite impact, subsequent investigation revealed it to be man made, and Russian Federation launched a full investigation to determine where and when it was created.

Russian media reported the investigation was probing the possibility United States astronauts deliberately drilled the hole to get a sick colleague sent back home. This led to speculation that perhaps someone purposefully created the hole, sparking rumors of sabotage.

During the an nearly eight-hour spacewalk, veteran cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergei Prokopyev struggled, but eventually succeeded, in cutting away the insulation covering the hole and taking out a sample to analyse.

Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said in September that the hole could have been drilled during manufacturing or in space. It was the eighth spacewalk this year. To expose the external hull, Kononenko needed to cut away a 10-inch (25-centimeter) swatch of thermal insulation and debris shield, a slow and hard task. They also collected images and video to aid the investigation. The task wasn't easy.

The spacewalkers' job was to collect samples of any epoxy sealant that may have protruded from the hole.

The puncture has been sealed since August, halting the oxygen leak.

The samples will be sent to Earth to "get at the truth" of the cavity's origins, the space agency said.

The Soyuz spacecraft will be used to return astronauts Sergey Prokopyev, Alexander Gerst, and Serena Auñón-Chancellor to Earth in eight days.

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