The three crew members of the Soyuz MS-23 mission, consisting of two Russian cosmonauts and one NASA astronaut, returned to Earth after undergoing a year-long mission on the International Space Station (ISS). Photo/Space/NASA TV
KOROLYOV – Three Soyuz MS-23 mission crew, consisting of two Russian cosmonauts and one NASA astronaut returned to Earth after undergoing a year-long mission on the International Space Station (ISS). The three Soyuz MS-23 mission crew spent 371 days in space out of a planned schedule of 6 months.
Two Russian Roscosmos cosmonauts, namely Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin, while a NASA astronaut is Frank Rubio. They spent 371 days on the ISS or longer with a mission trip time of 328 days to the moon and back to earth.
The capsule carrying the 3 crew members of the Soyuz MS-23 mission landed on the grasslands of Kazakhstan on Wednesday 27 September 2023 at 7.17 am local time. The landing made Rubio the new record holder for the longest mission flown by a US astronaut.
On September 11, 2023, he will have surpassed the previous record of 355 days recorded by NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei in 2022. “My mission is actually no different from Mark Vande Hei’s mission. “I was just lucky to be able to live a few extra weeks,” he said, quoted by SINDOnews from the Space page.
For Prokopyev and Petelin, they will be the sixth and seventh Russian cosmonauts to spend a year or more on a mission in space. Soviet-era cosmonauts Sergey Avdeev, Musa Manarov, Vladimir Titov and Valery Polyakov each spent more than 365 days aboard the former Mir space station.
Valery Polyakov, who died in 2022, still holds the world record for longest single space mission at 437 days. Meanwhile, Prokopyev, Petelin and Rubio’s 371-day mission was the third longest in history.
“You, Dmitri and Sergey, have walked in space six times and Frank three. “The most extraordinary thing, you fly in space during the mission with 28 other people,” said European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andreas Mogensen, who took over command of the ISS from Prokopyev.
The crew of the Soyuz MS-23 Mission, Prokopyev, Petelin, and Rubio, launched from Earth to the ISS on September 21, 2022. They were intended to stay on the ISS for about six months, but this was extended to a year after their Soyuz module, MS-22, experienced a leak. coolant, making it no longer safe to return the crew to Earth.
The crew was originally supposed to return this spring, but the mission had to be extended to September 27 due to the Soyuz MS-22 incident on December 15, 2022. To ensure the safe return of the two cosmonauts and astronauts, the Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft was sent to the ISS without crewman.
This mission became the longest in the history of the ISS – at the time of landing, the crew spent 371 days in space. Valery Polyakov and Sergey Avdeyev, who were on missions aboard the Mir space station, were the only two people to stay in space longer on a single mission of 437 and 379 days.