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Thursday, October 4, with the global space station (ISS) returns to the Ground 56 expedition.

NASA's statement comes after Roscosmos general director Dmitry Rogozin said the investigation has ruled out a manufacturing defect. The U.S. agency continues to rely on Russian Soyuz rocket launches to ferry astronauts to and from the space station.

Rogozin said a leading theory continues to be that someone in the station or at a space facility on Earth drilled the hole on objective.

But NASA, the USA space agency, countered in a statement that ruling out defects "does not necessarily mean the hole was created intentionally or with mal-intent".

Thank you for signing up for the Brightside Blend Newsletter. NASA and Roscosmos are both investigating the incident to determine the cause. This issue is to be discussed, in particular, when Rogozin will meet with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on October 10.

After the hole was found, Rogozin and NASA Administrator spoke over the phone on September 12 about the leak.

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NASA spokeswoman Megna Powers said to the media reporters that no one, as well as NASA, is saying that this is done intentionally.

"I think it's absolutely a shame and somewhat embarrassing that anybody is wasting any time talking about something that the crew was involved in", he added.

The Soyuz MS-08 carrying Russia's Oleg Artemyev and Nasa's Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold touched down at 5.44pm Kazakh time (1144 GMT).

NASA will broadcast the return of the space mission.

They had a telephone call on September 12 during which they discussed the International Space Station leak.

In his interview, Rogozin also said there were problems in the relationship between Roskosmos and NASA - something he blamed on anti-Russian sentiment.