MOSCOW, November 26. /TASS/. Russia’s Roscosmos state space agency has handed the results of an investigation into a hole in the habitation compartment of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft over to law enforcement agencies, the corporation said in a statement on Friday.
"All results of the investigation regarding the hole in the habitation compartment of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft have been handed over to law enforcement agencies," the statement reads.
The Izvestia newspaper reported earlier on Friday, citing sources, that the reason behind the hole could have been NASA astronaut Serena Maria Aunon-Chancellor’s desire to return to Earth because of a blood clot or a fight with her boyfriend onboard the International Space Station (ISS).
A source told TASS earlier that the hole had been drilled in weightlessness by a person not acquainted with the spaceship’s design.
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Bill Nelson, head of NASA posted on Twitter in August: 'I fully support Serena.'
However, the latest development now opens the door for Russia’s Roscosmos to press charges against Auñón-Chancellor.
NASA claimed the astronauts on board were never in danger of suffocation due to the 'lifeboat' spacecraft attached to the station to provide a return to Earth.
Later, images and further investigation revealed the hole had been made from the inside, ruling out space debris as the cause.
Sergey Prokopyev and two other astronauts, Auñón-Chancellor of NASA and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, were on board when it as detected.
The allegation against Auñón-Chancellor was made in an article published by TASS claiming to 'debunk' 12 things America claims about the Russian space agency.
They report it would not have been possible for the damage to happen on Earth as the ship would never pass vacuum chamber tests, essential to be flight ready.
'If there were any holes in it, then the pressure in this ship would immediately drop and it would not pass the appropriate tests. Thus, Roscosmos immediately ruled out the version of damage to Soyuz-MS-09 on Earth,' TASS reported.
It then goes on to discuss the mental health of Auñón-Chancellor, suggesting she took drastic action to 'speed up her return to Earth'.