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»Crew 5« on their way into space: American


Cooperation in times of crisis: Four astronauts have successfully made their way to the International Space Station. It is the first joint mission by the space nations Russia and the USA since the beginning of the war.

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Nicole Mann, Anna Kikina, Josh Cassada and Koichi Wakata (left to right): The crew in front of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida

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An international team has successfully launched to the International Space Station ISS.

It is the first joint US-Russian team into space since Russia attacked Ukraine.

The launch of the so-called Crew-5 from the Cape Canaveral spaceport in the US state of Florida in the "Crew Dragon" of Elon Musk's private space company SpaceX was actually scheduled for October 3, but had to be postponed due to Hurricane "Ian".

The Crew-5 consists of NASA astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann and her NASA colleague Josh Cassada, as well as Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata and Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina.

They are to spend around five months on board the ISS and take care of numerous scientific experiments.

Just about two weeks ago, the two Russian cosmonauts Sergei Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin flew to the ISS together with NASA astronaut Frank Rubio, they had started on board a Soyuz capsule from the Russian cosmodrome Baikonur in the steppes of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Central Asia.

In addition, the Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and the NASA astronauts Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren and Jessica Watkins are currently on board the ISS.

"We're flying Anna now, they've been flying Frank -- and when you fly each other's crew members, you know you have a huge responsibility," said Kathy Lueders, head of NASA's manned space program, at a press conference ahead of the launches.

»We remain grateful that we have a very professional relationship with our Russian colleagues.

I know there are still things we need to work our way through, but we are grateful for the continuity and professionalism in these really difficult geopolitical times.”

The Russian invasion is putting additional strain on already difficult relations between Moscow and Washington.

Russia complains that the sanctions imposed by the USA and the EU in the wake of the war are making space work more difficult, including the production of missiles that can also be used militarily.

At times, the collaboration was on the brink.


Source: spiegel

All tech articles on 2022-10-06

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