Three New Crew Members Dock Soyuz Crew Ship to Station

The Soyuz MS-22 crew ship approaches the space station above the Mediterraneran Sea with three new crew members for a docking to the Rassvet module.
The Soyuz MS-22 crew ship approaches the space station above the Mediterranean Sea with three new crew members for a docking to the Rassvet module.

NASA astronaut Frank Rubio and Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin on the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft docked to the International Space Station at 1:06 p.m. EDT. Coverage of hatch opening will air at 3:30 p.m. on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.

Once on station, the trio will join Expedition 67 Commander Oleg Artemyev, cosmonauts Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov of Roscosmos, as well as NASA astronauts Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren, and Jessica Watkins, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. Rubio, Prokopyev, and Petelin will spend six months aboard the orbital laboratory.

On Sept. 29, a Soyuz spacecraft will return as scheduled carrying Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev, and Sergey Korsakov back to Earth.


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2 thoughts on “Three New Crew Members Dock Soyuz Crew Ship to Station”

  1. How is it that Rubio, Prokopyev and Petelin still are on board ISS?
    Above in this article dated 21. September 2022 -it says that they will spend 6 months on ISS..
    As of 30. August 2023 they are still on board ISS, totalling almost 1 year..!!

    1. The Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft that launched the trio to space on Sept. 22, 2022, experienced a coolant leak in December of 2022.

      https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2022/12/14/spacewalk-cancelled-mission-controllers-evaluate-leak-on-soyuz/

      It was undocked on March 28, 2023, and returned to Earth with no crew aboard. Rubio, Prokopyev and Petelin remained onboard the station for their safety.

      https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2023/03/28/uncrewed-soyuz-vehicle-departing-station-live-on-nasa-tv/

      The uncrewed Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft launched to the station on Feb. 23, 2023. Mission managers met and decided to return Rubio, Prokopyev and Petelin back to Earth at the end of September this year.

      https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2023/02/23/uncrewed-replacement-soyuz-launches-to-the-space-station/

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