Russia Delays Launch to Space Station While Leak Is Probed


MOSCOW (AP) — Russia The launch of an empty capsule into space will be delayed until after the International Space Station In the meantime, the second coolant leak from a docked ship will be investigated. Russian In two months, you can craft a product. Russia’s Space corporation Roscosmos Monday.

The Soyuz On April 1, capsule would be launched in automatic mode Feb. 20. They will dock with the orbiting station two days later to act as a lifeboat in case of emergency. Roscosmos Director Yuri Borisov According to them, the launch may be delayed up to early in the year. March.

A Soyuz A coolant leak occurred in a capsule capable of carrying an astronaut capsule. December.

Russians Sergey Prokopyev Dmitri Petelin NASA astronaut Frank Rubio they were supposed to make their return to Earth In March This capsule contains the following: Russian Officials from space said that the coolant leak could cause higher temperatures, which could be dangerous.

Then Another coolant leakage was found Saturday A docked supply ship. The After a second supply ship docked to the space station, a leak was discovered.

Borisov The unmanned Soyuz Launch would be delayed “until we make sure and get to the site of a possible breakdown.”

Because The new Soyuz The capsule will launch in automatic mode. A replacement crew will have to wait until the fall or late summer when another capsule is available. That What does it mean? Prokopyev, Petelin Rubio They may have to spend several more months at the station, pushing their mission to within a year.

Besides Prokopyev, Petelin RubioThe space station is the home of NASA astronauts Nicole Mann Josh Cassada; Russian Anna Kikina Japan’s Koichi Wakata. The Four riders rode up on a SpaceX capsule last October.

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