A Russian Soyuz spacecraft blasted off on Friday on a mission to deliver again to Earth a crew stranded on the Worldwide Area Station (ISS) by a leak within the cooling system of their unique return capsule, Russian information companies reported.
Tass information company mentioned the unmanned Soyuz MS-23 lifted off from Baikonur area centre in Kazakhstan and had been positioned in orbit. It was on account of dock with the ISS on Saturday at 0101 GMT.
Russian cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin and U.S. astronaut Francisco Rubio had been on account of finish their mission in March. They had been left caught in area after the cooling system of their Soyuz MS-22 capsule began leaking two months in the past.
Russian area company Roscosmos mentioned this week the trio would now return to Earth aboard Soyuz MS-23 in September. The broken MS-22 spacecraft is now scheduled to land with out a crew in March.
Each NASA and Roscosmos consider final yr’s leak on the MS-22 spacecraft was brought on by a micrometeoroid – a tiny particle of area rock – hitting the capsule at excessive velocity.
An analogous impression can be believed to have induced a separate leak this month on the cooling system of the Progress MS-21 cargo ship, taken out of orbit final week.
Tass mentioned 430 kilogrammes (about 950 kilos) of cargo was despatched aboard the alternative craft, together with medical gear, scientfic devices, water, meals and cleansing provides. Tass quoted a Russian area official as saying the quantity of meals despatched was 3 times the quantity usually dispatched for such missions.
The leaks have prompted Roscosmos and NASA to rearrange their schedules and postpone deliberate area walks.
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