NASA says Russian media allegations US astronaut drilled hole in ISS 'not credible'
by Staff Writers
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 16, 2021
The claims made by Russian media that NASA Astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor had a nervous breakdown and damaged a Russian spacecraft to get home are not credible, Kathy Lueders, who is leading NASA's human spaceflight program, said at a press conference on Friday.
Russia's TASS recently published a story, citing an unnamed source in the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, that claimed Aunon-Chancellor had an emotional breakdown in space and she made a microfracture in the Russian spacecraft to return early during a mission in 2018.
"Absolutely," Lueders said when asked whether NASA will defend its astronaut. "Our NASA crews perform their missions with professionalism and integrity. She [Aunon-Chancellor] is a well-respected crew member who has served her country and made a valuable contribution. I stand behind her and her professional conduct and I did not find this accusation credible."
Leuders is the Associate Administrator of the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.
Aunon-Chancellor travelled on Soyuz MS-09 in 2018 for a six-month mission to the ISS together with ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and Roscosmos commander Sergei Prokopyev.
Source: RIA Novosti
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Washington DC (UPI) Aug 12, 2021
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