One American and two Russians have arrived on the Worldwide Area Station
ByThe Related Press
September 15, 2023, 11:48 AM
MOSCOW — One American and two Russians made a rapid journey Friday to the Worldwide Area aboard a Russian capsule.
NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and docked on the station three hours later. O’Hara will spend six months there whereas Kononenko and Chub will spend a 12 months.
The trio was speculated to fly to the area station final spring, however their authentic capsule was wanted as a substitute for one more crew. That crew — additionally two Russians and an American — will trip it dwelling later this month. Their keep was prolonged from six months to a 12 months when their Soyuz capsule developed a coolant leak whereas parked on the station.
It is the primary spaceflight for O’Hara and Chub, whereas mission commander Kononenko is on his fifth journey to the orbiting outpost.
They be a part of seven station residents from U.S., Russia, Denmark and Japan.
By the tip of his yearlong keep, Kononenko will set a brand new report for the longest time in area, greater than a thousand days.