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Russia This website was launched in Soyuz spacecraft This will replace the capsule that was sprang. coolant leak Two cosmonauts, one NASA astronaut and their families were left behind in December.

Liftoff of capsule is called the Soyuz MS-23 took place in Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site in Kazakhstan on Thursday at 7:24 p.m. ET at 5:24 a.m. on Friday Time zone.

The unscrewed spacecraft will spend about two days in orbit, maneuvering toward the International Space Station It’s expected to dock with the Poisk module — which is on the space station’s Russian-run portion — just after 8 p.m. ET Saturday.

The Soyuz MS-23 is the return vehicle for Sergey Prokopyev (cosmonaut) and Dmitri Petersburgin (NASA astronaut Frank Rubio), who all traveled aboard the NASA spacecraft to reach the station. Soyuz MS-22 capsule available September

Instead of flying alone with the crew, you can fly together. Soyuz MS-23 launch on Thursday. “Zero-G indicator,” This can be any item that has been left inside the cabin. It is intended to allow the capsule to move freely in microgravity. The indicator for this mission is a small teddy bear that has been tethered to a string in the cabin.

About two months into the three men’s journey, the MS-22 experienced a coolant leakYou must exit the cabin when temperatures become unsafe for The crewmates you want to use for They will return to Earth. Roscosmos in Russia and NASA collaborated quickly to develop plans to send astronauts. replacement vehicle. Roscosmos officials claimed that they determined that leak It was the result of a very small hole created by an impact on a micrometeoroid.

The Soyuz MS-22 (foreground), here in October docked to a module of the International Space Station, experienced a coolant leak.

However, plans to launch the rescue vessel were thrown into doubt when Progress, a Russian cargo ship that was carrying Russian cargo, suffered a similar fate. coolant leak after The docking process with the space station Tuesday, February 11th. Roscosmos posted on Telegram three days later that it was delaying the implementation of the directive Soyuz MS-23 launch until at least March while the agency investigated the cause of the Progress vehicle’s coolant leak.

This Tuesday Roscosmos stated however in a Telegram updated that they had found the root cause of Progress spacecraft leak Was “external influences.”

“The Russians are continuing to take a very close look at both the Soyuz and the Progress coolant leaks,” Dana Weigel, the space station’s deputy manager for NASA said this during Wednesday’s briefing.

“They formed a state commission that is assessing the anomalies,” She added that they are analyzing possible causes starting at the moment the capsules were launched and continuing through the journey to orbit.

Originally, Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub and NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara were expected to launch to the space station on March 16 aboard MS-23.

Instead, Prokopyev, Petelin and Rubio’s time will be extended on the space station until they can return to Earth aboard Soyuz MS-23 will be available later in the year. A report by Russia state-run media outlet TASS.

This timeline will hold if the crewmembers are able to extend their six-month space stay by about one year.

When asked about the extended stay, Joel Montalbano, the space station’s program manager for NASA said that NASA believes the crew are in good health and should not be rushed to return home.

Crew is “willing to help wherever we ask,” Montalbano spoke at a news conference on January 11. “They’re excited to be in space, excited to work and excited to do the research that we do on orbit. So they are ready to go with whatever decision that we give them.”

He continued, “I may have to fly some more ice cream to reward them.”

The Launch of Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft It comes days ahead of SpaceX and NASA’s Crew-6 missions. Crew-6 is expected to take NASA into space on Monday morning. astronauts Stephen Bowen and Warren “Woody” Hoburg was joined by Sultan Alneyadi who is an astronaut in the United Arab Emirates and Andrey Fedyaev Roscosmos Cosmonaut.

They are available in a short time after those four arrive at the space station, NASA’s Crew-5 astronauts After a five-month absence, they will be returning home There aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. NASA officials stated this week that they expect the release of the coolant The leakage of water on the Soyuz SpaceX mission would be unaffected by Progress vehicles, while similar problems were not found on Crew Dragon vessels.