Astronaut Anna Kikina travels to the Worldwide House Station on the SpaceX Crew-5 mission
A Russian astronaut has traveled to the Worldwide House Station (ISS) aboard a US spacecraft for the primary time in 20 years. Anna Kikina was a part of the SpaceX Crew-5 mission, which docked on Friday within the second flight as a part of a seat-sharing program between Russia and the US.
The SpaceX capsule ‘Endurance’ launched on October 5 from the Kennedy House Heart in Florida and efficiently docked with the ISS on Friday afternoon. Along with Kikina, the crew included NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Kasada in addition to Koichi Wakata of Japan.
Kikina’s participation within the mission is made potential by an settlement signed between NASA and the Russian area company Roscosmos on June 14, 2022. The historic settlement was reached regardless of deteriorating relations as a result of ongoing battle in Ukraine and included a sequence of crew exchanges.
The settlement covers a complete of three flights by Russian astronauts on the SpaceX Dragon spaceship and three flights by American astronauts on the Soyuz spacecraft. The primary seat-exchange mission was launched in September, when American cosmonaut Frank Rubio joined Soyuz-2.1a with two Russian cosmonauts, Sergei Prokopyev and Dmirty Petelin.
Throughout the launch, Kikina thanked each Roscosmos, NASA, and the Japanese area company JAXA for offering this chance.
“We’re so blissful to be doing this collectively. Thanks all for being with us.” She mentioned in Russian and in English after the capsule went to orbit.
Kikina is the one feminine cosmonaut within the present Russian roster. he was described as a “Ambassador of Goodwill” By the then Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin in December 2021, when the deal was below negotiation.
“Our stunning cosmonaut would be the first Russian to finish the flight change program,” Rogozin instructed reporters on the time.
The Russians beforehand used American spacecraft to achieve orbit between 1994 and 2002, when the NASA House Shuttle program was nonetheless in existence. The primary such joint missions allowed American astronauts to go to the Russian Mir area station as a part of the ‘Shuttle-Mir programme’, whereas the remaining concerned flights to the ISS. NASA discontinued the shuttle program in 2011, and has to depend on Roscosmos to move astronauts to the area station by 2020.