It took a bit longer than expected, but Tuesday's room promenade was eventually a success.
At 11:00 AM ET (16:00 UTC), ISS cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergei Prokopyev issued a space migration that is expected to take about six hours. Purpose: Investigate a hole in the Soyuz capsule, which some believe might have been a tampering action.
Five hours later, the couple finally got their first glimpse of the hole, and less than three hours later, they were safely back inside the ISS.
According to a report from Associated Press, Kononenko and Sergei spent the first four hours of their ISS space migration, just heading to the cave, covering a distance of approx. 30 meters.
Then, using a knife and long millers, they used more than an hour to remove a 10 x 10 cm (25 x 25 cm) patch of insulation on the outside of Soyuz. The purpose of the work was to reveal the outer hull of the capsule.
Finally, the cosmonauts were able to see the hole measuring about 2 millimeters (one tenth of an inch) in diameter. Contrary to the view of the hole from the interior of Soyuz, what appeared to be boring brands near it, the hole looks like a little black dot – no boring marks.
The cosmonauts collected samples from near the cave before they patrolled the isolation and returned to the space station, approx. Eight hours after their ISS space migration began.
The samples Kononenko and Sergei collected return to Earth aboard Soyuz when it loosens from ISS on December 19th.
The hull part with the hole in it will loosen from the capsule before it leases the Earth's atmosphere. This means that the tests, along with all photo and video views, may end up being the only track researchers have for the origin of this mysterious hole in the ISS.
This article was originally published by Futurism. Read the original article.