US, Russia to resume space missions despite Ukraine conflict tensions

By Aazam

The flight in question was made public in the last few days by Russia that it was planning to be removing itself from the space station in 2024, amid disputes with the West in the Ukraine conflict

An American astronaut prepares to launch in the International Space Station (ISS) despite growing tensions between Moscow and Washington over Russia's incursion into Ukraine

Two Russian astronauts are scheduled to take off for The International Space Station (ISS) with a Russian-powered flight

NASA's Frank Rubio and Russia's Sergei Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin are scheduled to depart from Russia's lease-owned Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 13:54 GMT on Wednesday

Rubio will be one of the few American astronauts to reach the ISS aboard the Russian Soyuz rocket after the Russian president Vladimir Putin sent troops to the western region of Ukraine

In the aftermath, Western capitals, including Washington and Washington, have reacted by slapping Moscow through unprecedented sanctions, increasing bilateral ties to new levels

After Rubio's flight Anna Kikina, Russia's only female astronaut currently active is scheduled to fly on to orbital space on SpaceX's SpaceX Crew Dragon in early October

Presently, the ISS is dependent on the Russian propulsion system for maintaining it in orbit. Its orbit is around 250 miles (400 km) above sea level. It also has an American segment being responsible for the power and life support systems