Russia to Launch Another Soyuz Craft to Rescue ISS Crew Written 12 January 2023


Soyuz Launch | Credit: NASA

Reuters reports that Russia said Wednesday that “it would launch another Soyuz spacecraft next month to bring home two cosmonauts and a U.S. astronaut from the International Space Station after their original capsule was struck by a micrometeoroid and started leaking last month.” The leak came from “a tiny puncture – less than 1 millimetre wide – on the external cooling system of the Soyuz MS-22 capsule, one of two return capsules docked to the ISS that can bring crew members home.” Russia said a new capsule, Soyuz MS-23, “would be sent up on Feb. 20 to replace the damaged Soyuz MS-22, which will be brought back to Earth empty.” Russian cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin and U.S. astronaut Francisco Rubio “had been due to end their mission in March but will now extend it by a few more months and return aboard the MS-23.”
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