Russia expects NASA to start taking cosmonauts back to the ISS
News! Russia expects NASA to start taking cosmonauts back to the ISS, after a good period of no longer taking Russian astronauts to the ISS. The Reuters website reports that the head of the Russian space agency hopes that the collaboration between them and NASA will resume next year. The last mission to the ISS belonged to NASA and happened last month. The astronauts were taken to the ISS with the help of the SpaceX spacecraft, Crew Dragon.
Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, recently spoke with his US counterparts and is still trying to find ways to address the issue. Also, after Russia said a long time ago that it is withdrawing from the ISS after 2025, it now wants to continue sending astronauts and have a good collaboration with NASA after 2025. Russia and America are discussing a possible collaboration with the Crew Dragon mission, but so far there is no official data to show that it has been understood. So the discussions continue.
The Russians also said who they would like to nominate for a possible NASA-Roscosmos flight. According to the Russian Space Agency, it would like to make a flight to send the only female cosmonaut (Anna Kikina) from Roscosmos into space. In any case, talks between the two flight agencies could last until mid-2022 and only then will a decision be made as to whether or not NASA will resume collaboration with Roscosmos. But in any case, none of the companies are very good at ISS security.
Both agencies have recently threatened the ISS. For example, Russia has launched an anti-satellite rocket that hit a satellite and generated a lot of space debris that could affect future missions. That was in November. And in December, Russia said that the ISS had carried out an emergency maneuver to avoid a piece of a very old American launch vehicle.
We wish success to both companies and hope they choose what is best for their future!
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 16 December 2021, at 13:00 am Los Angeles time
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