Emergency on the ISS. NASA will save its astronaut, leaving two Russians in orbit
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The story of the accident of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft received a new continuation.
NASA said that in the event of an emergency on the ISS, the SpaceX spacecraft will be able to deliver not four, but five astronauts to Earth. Fifth could be Frank Rubio, who arrived in orbit on the Russian Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft, which had an accident a month ago, writes Space.
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In case of an emergency at the International Space Station, the lifeboat for astronauts will be SpaceX's Endurance Dragon series spacecraft located here.
NASA has decided to start transforming the spacecraft's interior by moving an extra passenger seat. This seat will be removed from the Russian spacecraft Soyuz MS-22, which is also docked with the ISS.
This seat belongs to American astronaut Frank Rubio, who arrived on a Russian ship into orbit along with two Russians, Sergei Prokopiev and Dmitry Petelin. Thus, on Endurance, not 4, but 5 astronauts will be able to fly to Earth if any emergency occurs at the space station.
The whole story with the rescue of astronauts from the ISS began back in mid-December after an accident occurred on the Soyuz spacecraft, as Focus already wrote. After analyzing the current situation, both NASA and Roskomos decided that this ship could not be used to return Rubio, Petelin and Prokopiev to Earth. This can only be done in the event of an accident at the station.
In Russia, they made a decision, as Focus already wrote, to send the Soyuz MS-23 unmanned spacecraft to the ISS on February 20 to take three astronauts home. But before this spacecraft flies into orbit, an accident may occur on the ISS, although this is unlikely, but NASA does not exclude such events, given the age of the station.
If an accident does happen, then only 2 astronauts, that is, the Russians, will be able to get to Earth on the damaged Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft. The fact is that after the accident in the Soyuz cooling system, which was caused, as it has already turned out, by a micrometeorite impact, it is safest to place only two people here.
The Endurance spacecraft flew to the ISS in October last year and delivered two Americans, one Japanese and a Russian woman to the station. But the ships of the Dragon series allow you to deliver 7 people into space, so there is a place for Frank Rubio here.
But NASA says Rubio, Petelin and Prokopiev may have to stay on the ISS much longer, and the new Russian spacecraft will simply serve as a lifeboat. The fact is that if they return to Earth on this ship, the next one will be launched later, which means there will be a lack of crew on the ISS.
At the same time, the new SpaceX spacecraft should deliver 4 new astronauts to the ISS in February, including two Americans, one astronaut from the UAE and one Russian. And the previous 4 astronauts who arrived on Endurance will go home.