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After last week, Roscosmos” acknowledged that the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft docked to the ISS had a coolant leak, the Russian space agency is refusing the US offer of assistance to evacuate three cosmonauts. NASA will hold a media briefing tomorrow to discuss the situation. According to sources, it is very dangerous.
Coolant leak on the ship “Soyuz MS-22” occurred on December 14, and only after the appearance of information in foreign media, concerned about the fate of the three cosmonauts Sergei Prokopiev, Dmitry Petelin and the American Frank Rubio, who are there, representatives of Roskosmos commented on the situation, admitting that as a result of the damage, the temperature inside the ship “exceeded the standard values”. Nevertheless, the Russians insist that “the life and health of the cosmonauts are not in danger.”
However, a number of American experts do not trust the reassuring assurances of Roskosmos; and consider the situation very dangerous. In their opinion, this damage can lead to the failure of the systems of the ship – it will overheat on the sunny side and freeze in the shade as it rotates as part of the ISS.
refused the offer of US assistance for the evacuation of astronauts from the ISS. The Russian side stated that “the prerequisites for the urgent return of “Soyuz MS-22” no to Earth”. The state corporation confirmed that preparations are underway at the Baikonur Cosmodrome for the launch of the Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft, the launch of which is scheduled for March 16, 2023. But before that, it is necessary to ensure the integrity of the damaged spacecraft, which essentially serves as a lifeboat for cosmonauts in case of unforeseen incidents on board the ISS. Yuri Borisov said that decisions on the situation with the damaged ship would be made at a meeting on December 27 and that, in case of emergency, Soyuz MS-23 will be sent to the ISS earlier in unmanned mode.
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