'All is fine': Cosmonaut shows space station hole to 'dispel rumours'

A 2-millimeter hole was found last week in a Russian Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft that is docked to the International Space Station

A 2-millimeter hole was found last week in a Russian Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft that is docked to the International Space Station. AP

Russian cosmonaut Segey Prokopyev, who is now at the International Space Station (ISS), said on Monday that everything was "fine" at the ISS, and showed the place where an oxygen-leaking small crack on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, docked at the ISS, had been previously found.

The hole was located on August 30 after an air leak on the orbiting space station which is now home to astronauts from Russian Federation, the United States and Germany.

He was joined by USA astronaut Anne McClain and Russian Oleg Kononenko, his two travelling companions, who will be on board a Soyuz spacecraft when it launches December 20 for the orbiting space laboratory from Kazakhstan.

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It's been reported that according to a top Russian offical the leak was a drill hole that happened during manufacturing or in orbit.

The Russian space agency has convened a commission to investigate the incident which it said will present conclusions in mid-September. That is the first time that images of this tiny hole discovered on August 30th have been officially released, as NASA had deleted its footage "by error" after briefly releasing it on the Internet.

The hole covered with dark sealant is hidden under a padded flap, Prokopyev showed in a video he said he had made to "dispel rumours".

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"Please, do not worry, everything is fine here".

"As you can see, everything is quiet on board".

The Russian Soyuz MS-09 crew craft, left, and the Northrop Grumman Cygnus space freighter attached to the International Space Station.

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The hole is located on the part of the Soyuz rocket which will not be used for the astronauts return to Earth.

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