Russian Cosmonauts Finish Installing Special Seats in the Soyuz MS-23 Module
Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) have removed and installed a third special seat aboard the Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft for NASA astronaut Frank Rubio. Photo/TASS/NASA
MOSCOW – The Russian cosmonaut on the International Space Station (ISS) has removed and installed the third special seat aboard the Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft. One of these chairs is intended for NASA astronaut Frank Rubio.
“Today, the special seat for NASA astronaut Francisco Rubio has been removed from the US Crew Dragon spacecraft and installed on the right side of Soyuz MS-23,” said the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos, quoted from the TASS page, Tuesday (7/3/2023) .
On Friday 3 March 2023, the cosmonauts had installed two special seats for Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin. They are Russian astronauts who are TASS special correspondents on the ISS.
The mission of Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev, Dmitry Petelin and NASA astronaut Frank Rubio was extended due to a leak from the external loop of the thermal control system of the Soyuz MS-22 manned spacecraft’s thermal control system on December 15, 2022.
After analyzing the situation, the state commission decided to return the damaged space vehicle unmanned. The crew will travel back to Earth on the Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft, which launched on February 24, 2023 and docked with the ISS two days later.
Soyuz MS-23, the new home ride for Russian cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin and NASA astronaut Francisco Rubio, docks with the Poisk module on the Russian segment of the ISS. Soyuz MS-23, which is replacing the damaged Soyuz MS-22, is expected to land on September 27.