Space debris? A drill? An accident? We're not entirely sure yet what created a tiny hole in a Soyuz spacecraft attached to the International Space Station, but we do know leaders from the top space agencies in the US and Russia are talking about it.
NASA and Roscosmos issued a joint statement on Thursday to let the world know NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and Roscosmos general director Dmitry Rogozin met for the first time via teleconference. The chat happened on Wednesday and centered on the status of ISS operations.
Rogozin filled Bridenstine in on Russia's establishment of a committee to investigate the cause of the hole, which created an air pressure leak in late August. The crew was never in danger and repaired the hole shortly after it was located.
The space agency leaders "agreed on deferring any preliminary conclusions and providing any explanations until the final investigation has been completed."
Bridenstine and Rogozin also agreed to a first face-to-face meeting in October when the NASA administrator will travel to Kazakhstan for a Soyuz crew spacecraft launch to the ISS.
Roscomos previously said it hopes to conclude its investigation by mid-September. Russian news agency TASS had quoted Rogozin as suggesting the hole was, but details are still lacking.
Roscosmos released a video earlier this week with cosmonautand assuring us that everything is fine up in orbit.