A Russian spacecraft took off from the Baikonur cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, this Friday (15), carrying two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut who will join the crew of the International Space Station (ISS), they showed. live TV images.
The Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft, with the North American Loral O’Hara and the Russians Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub on board, is expected to dock with the ISS at 6:56 pm GMT (3:56 pm Brasília time).
They will join the current crew, made up of NASA astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli and Frank Rubio, Russian cosmonauts Dmitry Petelin, Konstantin Borisov and Sergei Prokopyev, as well as Danish Andreas Mogensen and Japanese Satoshi Furukawa.
O’Hara and Chub are on their first spaceflight and Kononenko is on her fifth.
Russia’s space program suffered a major setback last month when its Luna-25 spacecraft crashed during an attempt to land near the Moon’s south pole in Russia’s first lunar mission in 47 years.
The ISS is one of the few international projects where the United States and Russia still cooperate closely. Relations in other areas have all but collapsed since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, to which Washington responded by supplying Kiev with weapons and imposing successive rounds of sanctions on Moscow.