a SpaceX rocket takes a Russian to the International Space Station for the first time

a SpaceX rocket takes a Russian to the International Space Station for the first time

Two weeks ago, an American took off for the ISS on a Russian Soyuz rocket from the cosmodrome. From Baikonur in Kazakhstan.

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A rocket from the American SpaceX firm took off from Florida, USA on Wednesday, October 5, for the International Space Station (ISS) with Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina. The start of the war in Ukraine.

The only female Russian cosmonaut currently on active duty, Anna Kikina is part of the “Crew-5” crew of one Japanese and two Americans, including Nicole Mann, the first Native American to go into space. Takeoff took place Wednesday noon from Kennedy Space Center in Florida (United States). This is the fifth regular mission to the ISS by SpaceX on behalf of NASA, but the first to carry a Russian citizen.

Two weeks ago, an American took off for the ISS on a Russian Soyuz rocket. This long-planned astronaut exchange program has continued despite very high tensions between the two countries since Moscow invaded Ukraine in February. Ensuring the operation of the ISS thus became one of the few issues of cooperation between the US and Russia. Carrying a citizen of another nation, “a big responsibility”It was underlined by Kathy Lueders, deputy administrator at NASA, at a press conference held at the end of September.

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