Russia prepares to rescue three astronauts as Soyuz spacecraft sustains damage in space

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Kathmandu, January 15. Russia’s space agency “Roscosmos” announced on Saturday that it is preparing to evacuate three astronauts from space due to an emergency in their spaceship.

The space authority said in a statement that the “Soyuz MS-22” spaceship with Russian cosmonauts Sergei Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin together with NASA astronaut Francisco Rubio, lifted off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome on September 21, 2022.

After three months in space, the spacecraft sustained damage to the outer skin of the instrument-assembly compartment. The damage caused a rapid pressure drop in the cooling system. 

The spacecraft was supposed to dock at the International Space Station (ISS) on February 22. But, the damage situation has demanded an emergency evacuation operation. The agency is setting up to send the unmanned Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft to bring back the astronauts from the space station.

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