NASA definitely supports your opinion on this one. They say astronauts had 18 days before they would run out of air. Of course they do not specify to what degree. 100% vacuum inside ISS or just enough to die.It just wasn't that big of a deal.
The issues I have with this.Last Thursday, Earth-based personnel monitoring the ISS first noticed the drop in cabin pressure. It was not severe enough to threaten the astronauts aboard the station, so the six-member crew of Expedition 56 was not alerted until they awoke the next day.
1. Apparently a hole in the ISS is not a big deal. Ground Control assumes that an hourly loss of .6 mercury bar of air pressure due to an air leak is not gonna get any worse, so the just wait till the next morning for the crew to wake up to let them know. A hole in the ISS is not an emergency obviously.
2. “The hole discovered in the International Space Station (ISS) was drilled deliberately, the Russian space agency has said.”
“Authorities are unsure whether tiny hole in a Soyuz capsule was created in a production facility on the ground or on board the ISS.”
Soyuz-09 where the hole was discovered, was a part of the ISS since June 06, 2018.
With the hole being confirmed drilled, and the picture suggests that it indeed was, we have two issues.
- If it was drilled on the ground prior to June 06, why fo they still have air on board, and how come it was not discovered earlier?
- If it was drilled by one of the astronauts on board last Thursday, I do not see any news about a suicidal crew member being restrained on the ISS. What if he drills 10 more tomorrow?