Space powers Russia and the US will fly together today from the International Space Station (ISS), the first joint mission since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
On board the Soyuz capsule will be cosmonauts Sergei Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin, as well as NASA astronaut Frank Rubio. They are scheduled to lift off at 18:54 (1354 GMT) from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in the steppes of Kazakhstan in Central Asia.
The flight to the human post in orbit will take three hours. The trio is expected to spend six months there.
Speaking a few weeks ago, Rubio called it “a very important mission” and said he became “good friends with his Russian crewmates.”
Rubio called the cooperation between NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos “good and strong,” despite growing tensions between Moscow and Washington.
Russia complains that sanctions imposed by the US and the EU are hampering its space work, including the production of missiles, which also have military applications.
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