Russia sent three cosmonauts to the International Space Station

Russia sent three cosmonauts to the International Space Station (ISS) at war with Ukraine. Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov left the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard the Soyuz MS-21 spacecraft.

After three hours of travel, the spacecraft docked in the Prichal module, the node developed by Roscosmos that allows Soyuz and Progress ships to dock with the ISS. cosmonauts will join the crew of Expedition 66 and will remain at the station until September.

The arrival comes a few days after the departure of Anton Shkaplerov, Pyotr Dubrov and Mark Vande Hei. The latter was the subject of controversy in which it was claimed that Roscosmos planned to abandon it in space. In the end, it was all just a bad joke from the RIA Novosty channel.

Vande Hei and company programmed return to Earth on March 30. Later, Matthias Maurer, Raja Chari, Thomas Mashburn and Kayla Barron will leave the International Space Station in April.

The first all-Russian crewed launch since 2000

Sergey Korsakov, Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev. Photo (Roscosmos)

Oleg Artemyev will become the commander of Expedition 67 and receive four NASA and ESA astronauts who will reach space powered by a SpaceX rocket.