NASA Astronaut Uses a Russian Soyuz Spacecraft to Head to the International Space Station

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It’s nice to see that, once again, the USA and Russia are able to put their differences aside and collaborate efficiently for the sake of space exploration. The scientific realm doesn’t need to suffer because of political disputes between the two superpowers, such as the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine.

According to CNN, a NASA astronaut used a Soyuz spacecraft, which belongs to the Russian space agency (Roscosmos), in order to head toward the International Space Station.

Russia’s Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft launched from Kazakhstan

The rocket in question is a Soyuz MS-24, and it launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome that’s located in Kazakhstan. The launch took place today at 11:44 a.m. ET.

Loral O’Hara from NASA is one of the crew members on board the spacecraft. He is a former research engineer who worked at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Massachusetts). Two Russian cosmonauts are also part of the crew: Nikolai Chub and Oleg Kononenko.

Another great piece of news comes from NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. Although the US chief condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine that began in February 2022, he is willing to keep collaborating with Russia for space exploration. This is, of course, the wisest thing to do, as Russia has proven to be of tremendous importance in the field of astronomy.

Bill Nelson stated as Yahoo News quotes:

We are completely at odds with President [Vladimir] Putin’s aggression.

Since its foundation that took place over two decades ago, The International Space Station has had Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, as one of its most important members. In fact, the first piece of the space station was launched in 1998 by Russia, when one of the country’s rockets launched the Russian Zarya control module.

In other words, you can’t rule out Russia from international collaborations that are being made for the sake of scientific exploration.


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