Three astronauts aboard the ISS prepare to return home

Astronauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin of Roscosmos, Frank Rubio of NASA, and Frank Rubio of NASA, after a malfunction in the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft that was supposed to bring them home last March after more than six months on the International Space Station (ISS). The week prepares to return to Earth.

with him Record of stay in spaceThe three astronauts are focusing these days on returning to Earth on the 27th aboard the Russian Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft.

When they reached the ISS on September 22, three hours after liftoff from the Baikur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, they were convinced that their mission in space would last only six months. But their arrival Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft registered a coolant leak three months later Those in charge of Roscosmos felt the spacecraft was not safe enough to bring astronauts home.

Roscosmos and NASA management agreed that the damaged capsule would return to Earth on March 28 without the crew, while MS-23 was launched as a cargo ship with half a ton of supplies and medical research that would rescue the three astronauts. Later this month.

These days, Commander Sergei Prokofiev and flight engineers Dmitry Bedlin and Frank Rubio prepare boarding suits aboard a Soyuz MS-23 flight. Landing with the help of parachute on 27th.

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