US, Russia Astronatus Set To Go International Space Station Amid Ukraine War

Commentators on the live channel stated the launch from Kazakhstan was steady and that “the crew is feeling fine.” This footage was broadcast by both NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

On Wednesday, a Russian-operated flight from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, sent an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts to the International Space Station (ISS).
Live coverage of the launch from Kazakhstan was broadcast by NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos, with commentators reporting that everything went well and that “the crew is feeling fine.”

The crew that took out from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome at 13:54 GMT consists of NASA’s Frank Rubio and the Russians Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin.

Since President Vladimir Putin’s February 24th decision to send Russian soldiers into pro-Western Ukraine, Rubio is the first American astronaut to go to the ISS aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket.

As a result, Western countries, led by the United States, have slapped Moscow with unprecedented sanctions, and relations between the two countries have plummeted to new lows.

There was one area of collaboration between the two countries that never changed: space.

Anna Kikina, the sole female cosmonaut currently serving for Russia, is scheduled to take a SpaceX Crew Dragon to the ISS in early October.

She will be the first Russian and only the fifth professional woman cosmonaut from Russia or the Soviet Union to go to space, and the first Russian to fly aboard a spaceship of SpaceX, the firm of billionaire Elon Musk.

While in space together, Russian cosmonauts and Western astronauts have done their best to avoid discussing the war happening on Earth.

The International Space Station (ISS) is a joint effort between the United States, Canada, Japan, the European Space Agency, and Russia. The ISS is divided into two parts: the US Orbital Segment and the Russian Orbital Segment.

As of this year, Russia will no longer be a part of the International

For the time being, the orbit of the ISS, which is now around 250 miles (400 kilometres) above sea level, is maintained by a Russian propulsion system; the US component is responsible for providing power and life support.

Washington’s sanctions against Moscow’s aerospace industry have raised tensions in the sector, prompting warnings from Russia’s ex-space commander Dmitry Rogozin, an enthusiastic backer of the Ukraine war.

Russia’s long-planned decision to abandon the ISS after 2024 was reaffirmed by Rogozin’s newly nominated successor, Yuri Borisov. Instead, Russia plans to build its own orbiting outpost.

NASA, the United States’ space agency, deemed the decision a “unfortunate development” that would hamper ISS research.

Russia’s space sector, a source of national pride, would suffer under harsh sanctions, according to experts in the field, and the building of a new orbital station may take more than a decade.

When the International Space Station (ISS) was first launched in 1998, it was seen as a symbol of renewed US-Russian collaboration after the bitter rivalry of the Space Race during the Cold War.

The Soviet Union’s space programme was at its peak during that time. It has a long list of achievements, such as launching the first satellite in 1957 and the first human into space in 1961.

According to analysts, Roscosmos is a ghost of its former self after a string of failures in recent years, including corruption scandals and the loss of many satellites and other spacecraft.

SpaceX has broken Russia’s years-long monopoly on manned missions to the ISS, which has cost the country millions of dollars in lost income.

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