Faulty Soyuz space capsule has returned to Earth


The Russian “Soyuz” space capsule, which was damaged after the impact of a micrometeorite, returned to Earth from the ISS space station without a crew on Tuesday as planned. The “Soyuz MS-22” with more than 200 kilograms of cargo on board landed after a photogenic flight in the steppes of the Central Asian Republic of Kazakhstan.

The Russian space agency Roskosmos broadcasted the maneuver live on the internet (video above). Less than two hours after undocking from the ISS (video below), the capsule landed about 90 miles southeast of the city of Sheskasgan.

Video: Undocking of the “Soyuz” capsule from the ISS

Although there were no astronauts on board, there were scientific devices and research results – including a battery for a space suit, experiments in growing mushroom cultures and the production of probiotic drinks.

Due to the sensitive payload, the capsule had to be carefully lowered to the ground. Roskosmos showed how a parachute initially opened under a cloudless sky to slow the capsule’s fall. Just before they hit the ground, the speed control motors kicked in. On impact, a cloud was visible through the thrown up soil particles. A helicopter was also used for the rescue. The capsule must now be examined.

Astronaut return delayed
A few months ago, a leak was discovered from which coolant escaped from the “Soyuz” capsule (see photo above). According to Russian information, it was caused by a micrometeorite. This also delayed the return of the two Russians Sergei Prokopjew and Dmitri Petelin, as well as American Frank Rubio, who arrived at the space station in September 2022 on the “MS-22”.

The trio is now scheduled to fly back on September 27 with the now-arrived replacement spacecraft “Soyuz MS-23”. Before their return, the outpost of humanity at an altitude of about 400 kilometers will be reinforced by three new astronauts.

The flight of the Soyuz MS-24 capsule carrying cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Nikolay Chub and NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara is scheduled for September 15, according to the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

Source: Krone


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