Last week, the International Space Station hit the headlines, after it was revealed that the craft had sprung a leak.
While a collision with a meteorite was initially blamed for the leak, the Russian space agency now claims that the hole may have been drilled deliberately.
Maxim Suraev, a Russian politician and former cosmonaut, suggests that a homesick astronaut may have drilled the hole.
Speaking to RIA Novosti, Mr Suraev said: “All of us are living people, everyone can want to go home, but this way is completely unworthy.”
Mr Suraev also claims that there is a drill on board the space station that would have been capable of making such a hole.
While the Russian Space Agency is not pointing fingers at any astronauts on board the ISS, it says it’s not ruling out the idea that one of them drilled the hole.
Dmitry Rogozin, head of the agency, 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.”
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