Trio who lived on space station return to Earth safely
In this photo released by Roscosmos Space Agency, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy sits in a chair shortly after landing near town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (Roscosmos Space Agency, via AP)MOSCOW – A trio of space travelers safely returned to Earth on Thursday after a six-month mission on the International Space Station. Cassidy will board a NASA plane back to Houston, while Vagner and Ivanishin will fly home to Star City, Russia. Cassidy, Ivanishin and Vagner spent 196 days in orbit, having arrived at the station on April 9. Cassidy, returning from his third space mission, has now spent a total of 378 days in space, the fifth highest among U.S. astronauts.
Russian-US crew welcomed aboard the space station
In this image made from video footage released by Roscosmos Space Agency, the Soyuz-2.1a rocket booster with the Soyuz MS-17 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS), blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Roscosmos Space Agency via AP)MOSCOW – A trio of space travelers blasted off to the International Space Station on Wednesday, using for the first time a fast-track maneuver that allowed them to reach the orbiting outpost in just a little over three hours. NASA’s Kate Rubins along with Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos lifted off as scheduled Wednesday morning from the Russia-leased Baikonur space launch facility in Kazakhstan for a six-month stint on the station. For the first time, they tried a two-orbit approach and docked with the space station in just a little over three hours after lift-off. Ryzhikov, who will be the station’s skipper, said the crew will try to pinpoint the exact location of a leak at a station’s Russian section that has slowly leaked oxygen.
Soyuz crew 'socially distances' from Earth with launch to space station
Video: Watch Russia launch the new Soyuz crew to space station! Image 1 of 5 The Russian Soyuz MS-16 carrying the Expedition 63 crew launches to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, April 9, 2020. 14 things every cosmonaut does for launchReaching space about nine minutes after they left the ground, the Soyuz crew began a four-orbit rendezvous with the space station. Soyuz MS-16 is Russia's 62nd Soyuz spacecraft to launch for the International Space Station since 2000 and 145th to fly since the first Soyuz mission in 1967. Click through to collectSPACE to see the Soyuz MS-16 crew mission patch.space.com
Russia replaces two cosmonauts on next space station crew, citing medical reasons
Two Russian cosmonauts have been removed from the next scheduled launch to the International Space Station "for medical reasons," according to the Russian space agency Roscosmos. "The positions of the commander and flight engineer of the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft will now be taken by Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner," the agency said . Related: The International Space Station: Inside and out (infographic)Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishin (at left) and Ivan Vagner have replaced Nikolai Tikhonov and Andrei Babkin on Russia's Soyuz MS-16 crew to the International Space Station. For Babkin, Soyuz MS-16 was his first mission assignment after overcoming two decades of medical and training delays since becoming a cosmonaut in 2010. He was later reassigned and just returned from a 200-day stay aboard the space station earlier this month.space.com