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Astronauten Frank Rubio og kosmonautene Sergei Prokopyev og Dmitry Petelin trener for å dra til Den internasjonale romstasjonen.

Two Russians and an American are going to the International Space Station – NRK Urix – Foreign news and documentaries

Today at 15.54 Norwegian time, three cosmonauts took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

American Frank Rubio sat in the rocket with Russian Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petlin.

In doing so, Rubio became the first American to go to the International Space Station since Putin started the war in Ukraine on February 24 of this year.

– This is a very important task. Cooperation with Roskosmos (Russian Space Agency, ed.) is good. Rubio added: I have become a good friend of my Russian colleagues Newsweek 2 weeks ago

After a three-hour flight, the trio arrived at the International Space Station around 19 – Norwegian time.

A Soyuz MS22 rocket is being transported to the launch pad in Baikonur.

Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Russia withdraws

The three astronauts will run the space station for six months. They appear to be among the last to have the chance to visit the International Space Station.

– I think it’s important that when there are high tensions elsewhere, that we continue to collaborate on space travel. Rubio said of the trip that it is a form of diplomacy and partnership where we can find common interests and accomplish great things together.

After President Vladimir Putin started the war in Ukraine, relations with the United States and the West were catastrophically bad, and many feared that this would have consequences for space cooperation.

Russia announce At the end of July, they will withdraw from the station from 2024. They will focus on building their own station.

Sergey Prokopyev and Frank Rubio tested their spacesuits before the flight to the International Space Station on Wednesday, September 21st.

Sergey Prokopyev and Frank Rubio tested their spacesuits before the flight to the International Space Station on Wednesday, September 21st.

Photo: Natalya Kolesnikova/AFP

The end of 26 years of collaboration

ISS International Space Station

The International Space Station ISS was commissioned in 1998. Now the station weighs a total of 444 tons, and is located at an altitude of 400 km above the Earth’s surface.

Photo: HANDOUT/AFP

Russia’s withdrawal from the International Space Station marks the end of a 26-year-old collaborative project between five different space agencies:

  • NASA (USA).
  • Roscosmos (Russia).
  • European Space Agency (ESA) (Europe, including Norway).
  • Japan Aerospace Research Organization JAXA.
  • Canadian Space Agency CSA.

Since 1998, the 109-meter-wide spacecraft has welcomed more than 250 astronauts from 20 different countries.

Baikonur Cosmodrome is the largest and oldest operating missile launch base in the world. The base is under Russian control, although it is located in Kazakhstan.

Space X will send four new astronauts in October

Rubio, Prokopyev and Betlin will be joined by four more cosmonauts early next month.

Among those four are two American NASA astronauts, a Japanese female astronaut, and a Russian female astronaut, Anna Kikina.

Kekina is Russia’s only active female cosmonaut. She became the fifth woman from Russia and the former Soviet Union to visit the International Space Station.

The group will travel to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon rocket in early October. Then the launch will take place in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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