Russia to launch Soyuz spacecraft in order to rescue astronauts from Space Station

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A Russian rescue vessel will be launched next month to the International Space Station in order to retrieve three crew members who are currently stuck in orbit after their original capsule was hit by a meteoroid a few weeks ago. There will be another Soyuz rocket launched by the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, to deliver three astronauts back to Earth after their original capsule was damaged and began leaking coolant into space after it began leaking coolant into the vacuum of space after it was launched. From the International Space Station, two Russian cosmonauts and one American astronaut will be returning home with a Soyuz spacecraft.

It was announced by Roskosmos that the expedition of Sergey Prokopyev, Dmitry Petelin, and Francisco Rubio to the International Space Station will be extended. They will return to Earth on Soyuz MS-23,” Roskosmos stated, indicating that a new spacecraft will be launched to the space station. It was originally planned for the launch of MS-23 to take place in mid-March. According to the company, the Soyuz MS-22 is not going to be equipped with a crew when it descends to Earth.

There was a major leak on a docked Soyuz MS-22 last month, sprinkling radiator coolant into space and forcing a pair of cosmonauts to abort a planned spacewalk due to the leak. As a result of the leak, there was an increase in cabin temperatures that made the MS-22 unfit for use, leaving only one operational “escape pod” docked to the ISS, which is a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. In the SpaceX capsule, which is the transport vessel for the space station, there are only four seats available for the seven people aboard. As soon as Roscosmos receives its replacement for the damaged MS-22, the crew will not be able to return to the spacecraft, Roscosmos said.

A micrometeoroid is an unnaturally occurring piece of rock or metal that can be the size of a grain of sand and pose a significant danger to human spaceflight since these small objects can carry huge amounts of debris. At a speed of approximately 17,000mph (27,400km/h), the rocks hurl themselves around the Earth at a rate that makes what a bullet can do seem slow.

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