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ISS: the damaged Soyuz spacecraft will return to Earth without passengers


A Soyuz MS-22 leak occurred in mid-December when Russian cosmonauts Sergei Prokopiev and Dmitry Petelin were preparing to

Russia announced on Wednesday that a Soyuz spacecraft currently docked at the International Space Station and victim of a spectacular leak last month would return to Earth without a passenger.

A vessel will pick up the crew members on February 20.

"Experts have concluded that the Soyuz MS-22 should return to Earth without a crew," the Russian space agency (Roscosmos) said in a statement.

The Russian agency has also confirmed that the leak was caused by the “impact” of a cosmic micro-object which caused the formation of a hole less than a millimeter in diameter.

Jet of white particles

On December 14, as the two Russian cosmonauts Sergei Prokopiev and Dmitry Petelin were preparing to perform a spacewalk, an alert system was triggered, indicating a drop in pressure in the spacecraft's cooling system, according to a press release. from the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

On images broadcast by NASA, you could clearly see a jet of white particles escaping abundantly into space – a priori coolant.

"The cause of the leak could be a micrometeorite," Sergei Krikaliov, director of human spaceflight for Roscosmos, said on Thursday, according to a statement reported by the Russian news agency Tass.

The Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft brought in September the two Russian cosmonauts as well as the American astronaut Frank Rubio.

Source: leparis

All tech articles on 2023-01-11

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