NASA, Roscosmos Hatch New Prepare to Bring Stranded ISS Crew Again to Earth

There have been tense moments given that Russia’s Soyuz MS-22, which is docked to the Worldwide House Station, sprung a coolant leak in December. NASA and Roscosmos have declared the Soyuz unfit to have crew again to Earth. 

Here is what will transpire as an alternative.

NASA and Roscosmos hosted a joint media briefing on Wednesday to depth their options for obtaining NASA astronaut Frank Rubio and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin again house. Roscosmos will start its subsequent prepared Soyuz MS-23 mission vacant so the trio can get a safe experience back again in a entirely intact spacecraft. 

Soyuz MS-22 will then leave the ISS with no crew since Roscosmos is concerned that its crew compartment could get far too sizzling and humid with the cooling technique compromised.  

There are now 7 people on the ISS. The three who rode up on Soyuz MS-22 will get the job done on the place station quite a few months more time than planned. They had been originally meant to return in March. 

NASA floated the concept of working with a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule as a backup, but that is not going to be essential if the existing system will work out. It will be a Soyuz-for-Soyuz swap.

“We’re not contacting it a rescue Soyuz,” Joel Montalbano, NASA’s area station program manager, reported for the duration of the briefing. It truly is a “substitute Soyuz.”

Roscosmos and NASA concur that Soyuz MS-22 was likely ruined by a very small area rock identified as a micrometeoroid.  Sergei Krikalev, the Roscosmos human area flight program’s government director, claimed the particle was almost certainly about 1 millimeter in diameter.

The spacecrafts that are used to achieve the ISS also act as lifetime rafts in circumstance of an emergency on the station. Krikalev mentioned MS-22 could even now act as a final-vacation resort basic safety method if unquestionably vital.

NASA and Roscosmos are continue to working out a routine, but Soyuz MS-23 is predicted to launch Feb. 20. Montalbano joked that he may have to fly additional ice product to the station to reward Rubio, Prokopyev and Petelin for their extended keep.