An American and two Russians sent together to the ISS

And american astronaut And two russian cosmonauts took off today in a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. As part of the mission Soyuz MS-22Frank Rubio of Nasa and Sergei Prokopiev and Dmitry Peteline of the Russian space agency Roscosmos are flying on an express trip to reach the International Space Station (ISS).

The trio will dock with the Russian Rassvet module less than three and a half hours after takeoff, in order to later begin a six-month research mission in Earth orbit. Just over a week after their arrival on the ISS, three cosmonauts who have been on the ISS since March 18 will return to Earth with Soyuz MS-21.

Also a member of the Artemis team for the return of American astronauts to the Moon, Frank Rubio is the first American astronaut to go to the ISS aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket. since the start of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine last February.

A Russian cosmonaut in Crew Dragon in October

On October 3, an American SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will take off for the ISS from Cape Canaveral in Florida, with a capsule on board Crew Dragon a Crew-5 crew of four. Two American astronauts from NASA (Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada), a Japanese astronaut from Jaxa (Koichi Wakata) and a Russian cosmonaut from Roscosmos (Anna Kikina).

The only active Russian female cosmonaut, Anna Kikina has been reassigned from the Soyuz MS-22 mission in which American astronaut Frank Rubio is taking part. All this in an extremely tense geopolitical context due to the war in Ukraine, and which has also been felt in the space field, if only for the future of the ISS. Russia will leave the ISS after 2024, or at least after the creation of its own orbital station.

Soyuz MS-23 and SpaceX Crew-6 in 2023

With the preparation that this requires, the two Soyuz MS-22 and SpaceX Crew-5 flights demonstrate that astronauts and cosmonauts manage to ignore tensions on Earth. It is also planned that an American astronaut Loral O’Hara will fly aboard the Soyuz MS-23 mission, while the Russian cosmonaut Andrei Fediayev has been assigned to the SpaceX Crew-6 mission.

When announcing a shared flight agreement to the ISS between the United States and Russia in July, Roscosmos wrote in a statement that this agreement ” is in the interests of Russia and the United States, and will promote the development of cooperation within the framework of the ISS program. adding that it will facilitate the exploration of space for peaceful purposes.


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