A Russian spacecraft has safely returned to Earth with out a crew months after struggling a coolant leak in orbit
MOSCOW — A Russian house capsule safely returned to Earth with out a crew Tuesday, months after it suffered a coolant leak in orbit.
The Soyuz MS-22 leaked coolant in December whereas hooked up to the Worldwide House Station. Russian house officers blamed the leak on a tiny meteoroid that punctured the craft’s exterior radiator. They launched an empty substitute capsule final month to function a lifeboat for the crew.
The broken capsule safely landed Tuesday below a striped parachute within the steppes of Kazakhstan, touching down as scheduled at 5:45 p.m. (7:45 a.m. EDT) 147 kilometers (91 miles) southeast of Zhezkazgan below clear blue skies.
House officers decided it could be too dangerous to deliver NASA’s Frank Rubio and Russia’s Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin again within the Soyuz in March as initially deliberate, as cabin temperatures would spike with no coolant, doubtlessly damaging computer systems and different tools, and exposing the suited-up crew to extreme warmth.
The three launched towards the Worldwide House Station in September for what ought to have been a six-month mission. They now are scheduled to return to Earth in September in a brand new Soyuz that arrived on the house station final month with nobody on board, which means the trio will spend a yr in orbit.
Additionally on the station are NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg, the United Arab Emirates’ Sultan Alneyadi, and Russia’s Andrey Fedyaev.
An analogous coolant leak was noticed in February on the Russian Progress MS-21 cargo ship docked on the house outpost, elevating suspicions of a producing flaw. Russian state house company Roscosmos dominated out any defects after a test and concluded that each incidents resulted from hits by meteoroids,