The crew of the 63rd long-term expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), as expected, went into re-isolation. The reason is the need to identify the location of the air leak.
The problem became known in August. To search for the source of the leak, the crew consisting of Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner, as well as NASA astronaut Christopher Cassidy, had already isolated themselves in the Russian segment of the station, but then it was not possible to identify the problem area.
The current isolation will last two days: the crew will again close in the Russian segment of the orbital complex. Expedition members will have access to the Zarya, Zvezda, Poisk modules, the Progress MS cargo ship and the manned Soyuz MS.
“During work, the crew will transmit operational information about the state of the atmosphere to the Flight Control Centers of the partner countries. The hatches are scheduled to open on Monday, September 28, 2020, after 11:00 Moscow time“, – said in the message of Roscosmos.
Meanwhile, at a meeting of the State Commission for Flight Testing of Manned Space Complexes, a decision was made to launch the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft with the next long-term ISS expedition. The spacecraft will be launched on October 14, and its rapprochement with the ISS is planned to be carried out using a two-orbit scheme. The prime crew includes Sergei Ryzhikov (Roskosmos, spacecraft commander), Sergei Kud-Sverchkov (Roscosmos, flight engineer) and Kathleen Rubins (NASA, flight engineer-2).
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