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Soyuz: samples taken by astronauts will be analyzed

To understand when the hole on the spacecraft has been created

After a decrease in atmospheric pressure in the International Space Station due to a tiny hole (about 2 millimeters in diameter) opened in the Soyuz spacecraft on August 30th, which was probably damaged or a technical error on the ground or from contact with a microscopic asteroid in space, as soon as the crew returns to Earth, samples of material taken by Russian astronauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergei Prokopyev will undergo a thorough chemical analysis.

The damaged Soyuz MS-09 spaceship, and later repaired in space with a special sealant, will come back next December 20th, and what happened at the end of August will not create any problem since the hole had opened in an area that will be burned and destroyed by friction with the Earth's atmosphere. Some samples of the glue used were taken and sent to the laboratory of the federal security service to submit them to some laboratory tests, above all -report "Tass"- to check if the micropore had already opened and had already been repaired on Earth.

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