Station Crews Switch Command as Trio Readies for Departure

Cesar Mills
October 5, 2018

In a statement this week, Dimitri Rogosin, general director of Roscosmos, said, 'It concluded that a manufacturing defect had been ruled out which is important to establish the truth.

Thursday's planned return to Earth of the crew of a NASA spaceship "the Union" along with Ricky Arnold and Oleg Artemyev of the space Agency "Roscosmos".

Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut returned to Earth on Thursday wrapping up a six-month mission at the International Space Station as tensions between Washington and Moscow threaten a rare area of cooperation.

Both Feustel and Arnold participated in dozens of educational downlink events while in space, as part of NASA's Year of Education on Station, reaching more than 2 lakh students in 29 states, the statement said.

He also wrote "spasibo" (thank you) and signed his name on the craft in chalk. They are slated for launch aboard a Russian Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft on October 11 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, NASA said.

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Nasa said on Wednesday (Oct 3) that they just don't know the reason yet.

Powers said that, while intentional damage remains one of numerous possibilities still under review, "we're not expecting it was a bad actor. we don't think that's the most likely conclusion". Administrator Bridenstine is scheduled to attend the launch and plans to meet with Mr. Rogozin.

"I think it's absolutely a shame and somewhat embarrassing that anybody is wasting any time talking about something that the crew was involved in", he added. Gerst assumed command of the station as Feustel prepared to depart.

Since the retirement of NASA's space shuttle in 2011, Russia's Soyuz has offered the only ride for people to and from the station. NASA says it hopes to sort the problem out then.

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