Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space 62 years ago, Valentina Tereshkova the first woman in 1963, and the first satellite was called Sputnik in 1957. Russia has a rich history as a space-faring nation. But the splendor of the Soviet era is fading. The Roskosmos space agency is in deep crisis not only since the war in Ukraine.
In recent months, Russian spacecraft have made headlines with a series of unusual malfunctions: One of the previously reliable Soyuz space capsules, used to conduct resupply flights to the ISS space station, struggled with a coolant leak. A little later, a leak also appeared on a Russian space freighter Progress. Micrometeorites were cited as the reason, but experts say the incidents point to deeper problems. How it came to this.
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