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What does it mean if the hole in the ISS was drilled from the inside?

What does it mean if the hole in the ISS was drilled from the inside?There isn't much contest for the most bizarre space news story of the year. If anyone were to give away such an award it would definitely be handed to the bizarre saga of the leak that spontaneously appeared in the hull of a Soyuz spacecraft that was attached to the International Space Station several months ago. Now, with the ship itself safely back on Earth and the portion of the spacecraft that held the hole jettisoned during reentry, it's up to Russia to determine how the hole was created, when, and by whom.

The country's investigation into the strange incident has seemed messy to any outside observer, with statements from officials coming fast and furious in the days following the hole's discovery and then tapering off rapidly with no resolution. This week, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev told reporters that the hunt for the truth was in the hands of the Russian space program, but he also stated definitively that the hole was created from the inside.

Okay, so the hole was drilled from inside the spacecraft and wasn't drilled into the interior from the exterior, but what does that mean and is it important? Well, at the moment it doesn't mean a whole lot, especially if you place any weight on early statements from Russian officials who believed the damage was created during the spacecraft's manufacturing process.

Ships like Russia's Soyuz go through extensive testing and inspection before they're allowed to be strapped onto a rocket and shot into space. Everything has to be pretty much perfect for a ship to be cleared to take human passengers, and the fact that the hole wasn't addressed during the inspection and verification process is obviously peculiar.

Early on, rumblings out of Russia suggested that maybe one of the ISS crew members (a NASA astronaut, perhaps) had drilled the hole in order to cut a mission short so a sick crew member could return. Those assertions were quickly shot down by the crew and Russia rapidly denied suggesting that anyone aboard the ISS was responsible.

Assuming the damage was created when the ship was still on Earth, the fact that it was drilled from the inside might not mean all that much. The hole, which was apparently hidden with a low-quality patch job, ultimately posed no threat the crew, but it's still a nasty mark on Russia's Soyuz program which NASA and other international space groups have relied on to get scientists into space.



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Russia says the mysterious hole in its Soyuz rocket may have been sabotage

Russia says the mysterious hole in its Soyuz rocket may have been sabotageWe already knew that Russia was in the midst of an incredibly deep investigation into the origins of a strange hole that was found in a part of its Soyuz space vehicle earlier this year. The part of the ship that was damaged is no more — it was jettisoned during reentry and burned up — but samples taken from the damaged area are now being studied by Russian authorities as they try to explain how such a thing happened.

Sergei Prokopyev, one of the cosmonauts that rode back down to Earth last week aboard the Soyuz craft, told reporters at a new conference that the investigation is still ongoing. Samples gathered during a recent spacewalk should hopefully be the final piece to whatever puzzle officials are trying to piece together.

Russia's handling of the investigation has the full support of NASA, but it's worth noting that the country's messaging hasn't exactly been consistent in the days, weeks, and months following the discovery of the hole.

Initially thought to be damage sustained by a tiny space rock, once the hole was determined to be manmade a whole lot of finger pointing ensued. Russia's Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin seeded the idea that the hole was created while the spacecraft was docked to the ISS, hinting that it might have been the work of someone on board.

Those theories were squashed rather quickly and, in the days after the crew found the leak, word out of Russia suggested a culprit may have already been found. Those unofficial threads never materialized into anything more concrete, and we've now been waiting months for Russia to announce what it has found during the lengthy investigation.

Russia's early assertion that the hole was some kind of sabotage, perhaps during the manufacturing process, is an incredibly serious allegation. It's unclear what punishment one or more individuals might face if the country determines that someone intentionally tried to harm its cosmonaut crew (not to mention NASA astronauts), but now that ship itself is back on solid ground we might learn more before long.



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Hole in International Space Station was drilled deliberately, says Russian space agency

Hole in International Space Station was drilled deliberately, says Russian space agencyThe hole discovered in the International Space Station (ISS) was drilled deliberately, the Russian space agency has said. Last week mission controllers in Houston and Moscow noticed a drop in pressure on the station and astronauts discovered a hole in a Russian domestic module. Although the leak was small enough to be fixed by the crew, if it had not been spotted the astronauts would have run out of air in 18 days. Space debris or a micro-meteorite was initially blamed for the damage, but new pictures show the hole had been deliberately drilled and the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos and module manufacturer RSC Energia have launched an investigation to find the culprit. And one Russian politician and former cosmonaut has even claimed it could have been carried out by a homesick astronaut. Speaking to Russia’s International News Agency RIA Novosti, Maxim Suraev said on-board sabotage by a mentally unstable crew member could not be ruled out. “All of us are living people, everyone can want to go home, but this way is completely unworthy,” he said. The hole found in the ISS had been drilled  Credit: Nasa Mr Suraev also said that the ISS had a drill on board capable of making the hole.   Although Roscosmos said they were not accusing any of the crew, they said they had not ruled out that hole was drilled deliberately in space. They are also investigating whether it was an error made on the ground which was then patched up and was only noticed when the plug failed. Dmitry Rogozin, Head of Roscosmos, said: “Where were these actions taken – on Earth or already in orbit? “The version of the meteorite has already been swept away, but there was an obvious impact on the shelling of the ship from the inside, but to say more it is really too early. “It's up to RSC Energia to find out who did it, what is it: an error or intentional actions? I would like to know the name (of the culprit) and we will know.” When the leak was detected last week European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst initially plugged it with his finger, before the crew made an improvised patch using a rubber plug made from bin-bag seals, duct tape, gauze from the medical kit and vacuum proof sealant. The hole was sealed and a Russian Progress cargo ship docked at the ISS and Moscow is recommending using oxygen from its tanks to repressurise the station. As well as Gerst there are four other astronauts on board, Ricky Arnold, Drew Feustel  and Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA, and Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Prokopyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. Nasa has yet to comment on the investigation.



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Illinois Man With Parrot on His Shoulder Rescued From Mud Hole by Firefighters

Illinois Man With Parrot on His Shoulder Rescued From Mud Hole by FirefightersThe bird got stuck in the mud, then its owner got stuck in the mud trying to rescue it.



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Crews rescue deaf puppy stuck in hole for 30 hours in Alabama

Crews rescue deaf puppy stuck in hole for 30 hours in AlabamaAfter 30 hours of effort, volunteers were able to rescue a 7-week-old deaf puppy that fell down a 50-foot (15-meter) crevice behind a house in Alabama.



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Black hole eats and destroys hapless star which wandered too close

Black hole eats and destroys hapless star which wandered too closeBeware of the hungry black hole. Astronomers tracked a supermassive black hole, 20 million times larger than the sun, which ate up and destroyed a star that came too close. SEE ALSO: Three baby planets hanging around a star discovered by astronomers Located nearly 150 million light years away from Earth, scientists theorise the star swirled around the black hole, emitting intense x-rays and visible light, as a jet of material spat out at a quarter of the speed of light. Such an occurrence, called a tidal disruption event (TDE), has been rarely spotted. But scientists think they happen more often. In the case of this stellar death, astronomers used radio and infrared telescopes, such as New Mexico's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), to keep an eye on the event which happened in a pair of colliding galaxies called Arp 299. "Never before have we been able to directly observe the formation and evolution of a jet from one of these events," Miguel Perez-Torres, from the Astrophysical Institute of Andalusia and who published a report in the journal
Science, said in a statement online. Artist's rendering of a tidal disruption event (TDE) that happens when a star passes fatally close to a supermassive black hole, which reacts by launching a relativistic jet. It zooms out of the central region of its host galaxy, Arp299B, which is undergoing a merging process with Arp299A (the galaxy to the left).Image: Sophia Dagnello, NRAO/AUI/NSF; NASA, STScIPerez-Torrez and Seppo Mattila, of the University of Turku in Finland, got their first indication something was going on in January 2005. Astronomers noticed a bright burst near Arp 299, and kept track of the occurrence over a decade, which revealed a jet of electromagnetic waves going in one direction from the black hole. A black hole is an area of space which has such strong gravitational pull that nothing can escape from it, including light. Although most galaxies have black holes, they're not necessarily out there actively eating everything up. Mattila said the discovery might just be the "tip of the iceberg" for TDEs, with the potential for more discoveries ahead. "By looking for these events with infrared and radio telescopes, we may be able to discover many more, and learn from them," he added. WATCH: These trees have lived for 2,500 years. Now they're suddenly dying



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The world's oldest recorded spider built herself a hole, then just stayed there till age 43

The world's oldest recorded spider built herself a hole, then just stayed there till age 43Just how many walking sticks would an elderly spider require? SEE ALSO: 5 common groceries made from microorganisms Researchers in Australia monitored what is most likely the world's oldest spider on record, who died at age 43, outstripping the previous record-holder, a 28-year-old tarantula. The lead researcher, Leanda Mason, said of the spider in question, "to our knowledge this is the oldest spider ever recorded, and her significant life has allowed us to further investigate the trapdoor spider’s behaviour and population dynamics,” according to a press release. A sedentary creature, the female
Gaius villosus trapdoor spider builds itself a tunnel in the ground and stays there, seldom wandering too far from its hidey-hole. Sounds pretty ideal to be honest. Some people online were confused as to how the researchers knew the spider's age. HOW DO YOU KNOW IT WAS THE OLDEST SPIDER, HAVE YOU ASKED ALL THE OTHERS THEIR AGE? t.co/b5ls7v4p31 — Christine Best (@tinajaneb33) April 28, 2018 You just have to look it up on the web. — Ryan Evans (@DoNothing69) April 30, 2018 Spider census. Every spider took it. Although apparently a few of them lied about their age to get into bars, allegedly. — matthew marsden (@matthewdmarsden) April 29, 2018 Named "Number 16" (affectionate pet-names were notably absent from the paper) the female trapdoor spider was first documented as a spiderling in 1974 by a study initiated by Barbara York Main. The study monitored individuals using tagged pegs put next to their burrows. Trapdoor spiders never re-use the disused burrow of another spider, so the researchers can be fairly confident that they were monitoring the same spider for 43 years. Number 16 probably didn't die of natural causes. On Oct. 31, 2016, the researchers found that her burrow had been pierced by a parasitic wasp. Her burrow fell into disrepair thereafter, meaning that poor Number 16 was probably eaten from the inside out by a spider wasp larva. What a way to go. WATCH: Go on a tour of the moon with these 4K images



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This Isn’t A Pay ‘Gap,’ It’s A Freaking Black Hole

This Isn’t A Pay ‘Gap,’ It’s A Freaking Black HoleThis year, big companies in the United Kingdom were forced to do something



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Rick Santorum tries to correct his 'CPR' gaffe by digging an even deeper hole

Rick Santorum tries to correct his 'CPR' gaffe by digging an even deeper holeSentient mayonnaise blob Rick Santorum was back on CNN on Wednesday trying to walk back some controversial comments he made about the Parkland shooting survivor teens and still somehow wound up doubling down on his original comments.  Santorum faced backlash after, over the weekend, he said students taking part in the March For Our Lives would be better off "maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations that when there is a violent shooter that you can actually respond to that." Speaking to CNN's Chris Cuomo on Wednesday, Santorum said, "I did misspeak in using the term CPR." But that was the extent to which Santorum made any sense.  Here is more from Santorum's line of thinking: Right, okay, Rick, you just described the organizations behind March For Our Lives, so I'm not sure I see where you're going. Or like March For Our Lives? But go on.  You mean the huge rallies across the country in support of bringing an end to gun violence are avoiding the issue of gun violence in schools and not unifying? Rick. Your sweater vest is too tight. After Cuomo called out Santorum and his ilk for "going after these kids, who are survivors, in the interest of political expediency," Santorum tried to wriggle free from everything he had previously said through several minutes of sparring with Cuomo. But he stood by his point that there were better ways for the students to help prevent school violence. Like take CPR, I guess? WATCH: In the farms of the future, tractors will no longer require human drivers



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Scientists Observe Rare Supermassive Black Hole 'Double Belch'

Scientists Observe Rare Supermassive Black Hole 'Double Belch'The action has rarely been observed before



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