An uncrewed Soyuz capsule has docked with the International Space Station to replace a damaged space shuttle on the International Space Station.
Live images from NASA, after its launch from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday, showed the arrival of Soyuz MS-23 to the space station on Sunday. The capsule carried about 430 kilograms of materials for the crew, including medical equipment and equipment for scientific experiments.
Risky return from space
The unusual mission became necessary because ferry MS-22, which was previously docked to the International Space Station, has a leak – possibly caused by a micrometeor. Leaking liquid from the cooling system made the return of two Russians and an American to Earth look perilous.
Now it is planned that astronauts Sergey Prokopogo and Dmitry Petlin, as well as NASA astronaut Frank Rubio, who came to the ISS with MS-22 in September, will return to Earth with MS-23 in the fall. Meanwhile, the damaged MS-22 capsule can return unmanned from the International Space Station.
Although Russia and the United States have been working closely together on the space station 400 kilometers above the Earth’s surface for more than 20 years, the relationship has fallen into serious crisis since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine about a year ago. Both countries continue to cooperate in space, although some tensions have already arisen here – sparked by the conflict in Ukraine.
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