The capsule had already been repaired from the inside in August, before it transported a new crew to the space station in June. Rogozin added that Roscosmos will discuss the probe findings with NASA and other space station partners. Pressure quickly returned to normal aboard the space station, and the patch job has held since then. Now, with the Soyuz nearing its reentry date, Russian cosmonauts aboard the ISS will venture out into space to get a better look at the damage from the outside. Problems during re-entry of the actual landing capsule of the Soyuz in the earth's atmosphere, the space agencies, Roscosmos and Nasa.
But as they've investigated the hole in the Soyuz capsule, astronauts can't figure out what created it.
The discovery of the hole was followed in October by the failure of a manned Soyuz launch, although the Russian and United States astronauts returned safely to Earth.
Initially thought to be the result of a micrometeorite impact, subsequent investigation revealed it to be man made, and Russian Federation launched a full investigation to determine where and when it was created.
He said recently that an official Russian probe is ongoing and crew members who are set to return to Earth on December 20 would bring back samples collected during Tuesday's spacewalk.
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"It was done by a human hand".
Oleg Kononenko and Sergei Prokopyev will perform a six-hour spacewalk to inspect the exterior of the Soyuz, taking samples of the insulation covering the hole from the outside. It was the eighth spacewalk this year. To do so, they had to cut a 10-inch (25 centimeters) sample of the the thermal insulation and debris shield on the hull. The task wasn't easy. They hope that the evidence collected during this spacewalk will finally solve the mystery of what created the hole.
Circled in red, the hole in the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft that corresponded to a pressure leak on the International Space Station in August 2018.
The Soyuz spacecraft will be used to return astronauts Sergey Prokopyev, Alexander Gerst, and Serena Auñón-Chancellor to Earth in eight days.
"Provisionally, we can say only one thing: Now all samples are taken in order to answer the main question", said Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin on Wednesday outdoor use.