Russian Oxygen Generation System Fails on Space Station - Crew Talks With Earth

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 18, 2020

Washington, Oct 14 (IANS) The Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov reached the International Space Station on Wednesday in just about three hours. It's just fantastic to see such a big machine built entirely by humans and flying off the surface of The Earth is still in space after 20 years.

The trio joined Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, who have been aboard the complex since April.

NASA's Kate Rubins (left), and cosmonauts Ryzhikov (center) and Kud-Sverchkov (right).

Their six-month mission will coincide with the space station's 20th anniversary marking 20 years of continuous human presence.

According to NASA, Rubins became the first person to sequence DNA in space during her first spaceflight in 2016.

The station's three residents will also oversee the arrival of several spacecraft to resupply, including the advance vehicles, the first SpaceX's second-generation Dragon Charge capsules and the Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft.

Roscosmos confirmed the successful docking of the Soyuz spacecraft in a tweet.

The three astronauts who welcomed Rubins, Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov are already set to return to Earth on October 21.

The American segment of the space station has its own oxygen generation system. Coincidentally, it's also Rubins' birthday.

As per reports, this is also being reported as the last Russian flight to carry a United States crew member.

Roscosmos said "a new record for flights to the International Space Station was set - the total time from launch to docking of the Soyuz MS-17 was three hours and three minutes". "This approach (mixed crew flights) will ensure delivery of the crew to the station, should a problem with the partner spacecraft occur".

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