NASA Expressed Hope For The Continuation Of The Cross-flight Program With The Russian Federation

The US space agency NASA is looking forward to continuing its cross-flight program with Russia. This was announced on Wednesday, January 25, by the head of the American program of the International Space Station (ISS), Joel Montalbano, at a press conference, which is broadcast on the NASA website.

He also said that the state corporation Roscosmos is openly cooperating with American partners in the incident with the Soyuz MS-22.

Roskosmos is openly cooperating with us,” he said.

Montalbano added that he had previously visited Moscow to discuss the situation with Soyuz MS-22 with representatives of Roscosmos and RSC Energia.

Earlier, on January 14, Roscosmos reported on the measures taken for the safe return of the crew of the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft to the surface of the planet. They specified that due to an emergency situation with the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft, its crew — Sergey Prokopiev, Dmitry Petelin and Francisco Rubio — will return to Earth on the Soyuz MS-23, which will have to dock to the ISS in unmanned mode on February 22 .

Prior to that, on January 11, Sergey Krikalev, executive director of the Roscosmos state corporation for manned space programs, announced that the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft with a damaged radiator would be undocked and landed one to two weeks after the arrival of the Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft. to the ISS. Krikalev added that the ship is scheduled to land in a regular area on the territory of Kazakhstan.

On the same day, the head of Roskosmos, Yuri Borisov, announced that the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft with a damaged radiator would be lowered to Earth unmanned.

The damage to the radiator of the cooling system on the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft became known on December 15, 2022. A leak has been reported from the cooling unit. Then the work of astronauts on spacewalks was suspended.

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