The Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft was launched with three members of the Expedition 56 crew bound for the International Space Station. Photo Credit: Sean Costello / SpaceFlight Insider
The heads of the Russian and U.S. space agencies issued a joint statement Sept. 13, 2018, detailing discussions between NASA and Roscosmos regarding the Aug. 29 atmospheric leak on the International Space Station that was discovered coming from a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
The conversation was between NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Roscosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin about ISS operations due to a request from Roscosmos.
After methodically narrowing down the area the leak was coming from to the orbital module of Soyuz MS-09, the Expedition 56 crew in concert with mission controllers on the ground in Houston and Moscow worked to seal the hole.
Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst rode to space inside Soyuz MS-09 atop a Soyug-FG rocket on June 6, 2018. They are expected to return to Earth in December.
The following is a portion of the statement issued by NASA:
“As part of their discussion, Dmitry Rogozin informed his American counterpart about Roscosmos’ decision to establish a Roscosmos-led Commission to ...