Astronaut finds `bullet hole` in ISS solar panel
Moscow: A small object, possibly a meteoroid, has pierced a solar panel on the International Space Station, leaving a “bullet hole”, Canadian astronaut and Expedition 35 commander Chris Hadfield has said.
“Bullet hole - a small stone from the universe went through our solar array. Glad it missed the hull,” Hadfield wrote in his Twitter blog, revealing a photo of the damage he took during a recent EVA or "space walk" around the ISS.
However, experts believe the hole was probably caused by a random object, possibly space junk, which would not have been able to penetrate the layers of the station`s hull.
Jim Scotti, a planetary scientist at the University of Arizona`s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, said: “It`s unlikely this was caused by a meteor, more likely a piece of man-made space debris in low Earth orbit.”
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