Against the backdrop of reports that Russians will keep the cause of the air leak open at the International Space Station secret, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein has promised to speak with the head of the Russian space agency in person.
"They have nothing to say to me," Bridenstein said during the Houston Energy Conference in question on Thursday (September 19th), according to the Houston Chronicle. However, he stressed that he wanted to maintain good relations with the Russians, one of the two main partners in the orbital complex.
"I do not want to leave one element back [the relationship] back, but it is obviously not acceptable to have holes in the International Space Station," he said, referring to the 2mm (0.08 inch) hole that the crew of Expedition 56 was discovered on the Soyuz MC-09 spacecraft, a vehicle that was docked at the station.
Bridestin's comments came after a report by Russia's state-run international news agency RIA Novosti, in which Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos (the Russian space agency), suggested that his agency discover what created the hole last year, but would not reveal results beyond Roscosmos.
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"What happened is clear to us, but we won" I'm not telling you anything, "Rogozin said during a meeting with scientific conference participants, according to a computer-translated page from a RIA Novosti Russian language report on Wednesday (September 1
After NASA reported a slow drop in cabin pressure. at the station on August 29, 2018, the crew of Expedition 56 finds the cause of the leakage of air into orbit Soyuz MC-09 spacecraft, nearly three months after the arrival of the ship at the International Space Station with three new crews on board.
Astronauts closed the hole with the help of an epoxy, gauze and heavy-duty strip, and the Russians began their investigation In the first few weeks, Roscosmos Director Dmitry Rogozin first speculates that the micrometeroid may have drilled a hole, and then suggests that the hole may have been punctured by a person accidentally or intentionally.
NASA and Roscosmos, however, issued a joint statement in mid-September 2018 after the two agency executives spoke by phone. The agencies "agreed to postpone any preliminary findings and provide any explanation until the final investigation is complete," Roscosmos and NASA said in a statement.
Roscosmos is currently the only agency capable of launching crew members into space since NASA withdrew from the space shuttle in 2011. NASA is preparing American commercial vehicles from Boeing and SpaceX and expects to begin equipped test flights more this year. But so far, the Union is the only way astronauts can fly to and from the International Space Station.
The two agencies are major partners in the space station and have been working together to build and maintain the 21-year-old orbital complex since the early 1990s. In this way, Bridenstein and other NASA officials repeatedly emphasize the level of trust between their agency and Roscosmos, which includes several missions before the ISS. NASA and the Soviet Union carried out a joint mission in 1975 called the Apollo Union, and the new Russian nation partnered with NASA for shuttle flights to the Peace Space Station between 1994 and 1998.
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