Soyuz MS-22 takes off for the ISS with Hispanic astronaut Frank Rubio on board

This content was published on September 21, 2022 – 14:11

Moscow, Sep 21 (EFE) .- The Russian Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft took off today from the Russian Baikonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station (ISS) with two cosmonauts and the American astronaut of Salvadoran origin Frank Rubio on board, in what which is the twelfth Hispanic to fly to the orbital platform.

The Soyuz, named KETsiolkovski, in honor of the 165th birthday of the founder of theoretical cosmonautics Konstantin Tsiolkovski, was launched at 13:54 GMT from the Kazakh steppe, as planned.

Together with Rubio, a flight engineer, Russian cosmonauts Sergei Prokopiev, commander of the ISS tribulation 68, and Sergei Petelin travel into space.

After a three-hour journey and two laps of the Earth, the Soyuz will dock with the Russian ISS module Rassvet and about two hours later the hatches between the spacecraft and the station will be opened.

The trio will join Expedition 67 commander Oleg Artemiev, cosmonauts Denis Matveyev and Sergei Korsakov, as well as NASA astronauts Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren and Jessica Watkins, and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut ) Samantha Cristoforetti.

This mission opens a new series of cross-flights with the participation of crew members from the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, on American Crew Dragon ships and NASA astronauts on Russian Soyuz amid tensions between the two space powers over the campaign Russian military in Ukraine.

At the beginning of October, the launch of the Crew Dragon will take place with the Russian cosmonaut Anna Kíkina, together with the American astronauts Nicole Mann, Josh Cassada and the Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata.

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Rubio, Prokópiev and Petelin will spend six months aboard the orbital platform, during which there will be five spacewalks and research on microgravity and its impact on the human body, as well as experiments connected with the possibility of manufacturing human organs. .

This is Rubio’s first flight since he became an astronaut in 2017. For five years he has been preparing to fly into space and the last two especially for this mission, according to Rubio himself.

For Petelin it is also the first space flight, while it is the second for Prokopiev.

The astronaut of Salvadoran origin expressed before the flight his “great pride” for not only representing his country, the United States, but also that of his family in El Salvador, where his mother, Myrna Argueta, lives and where he spent his first six years of life.

Rubio, 46, who was born in Los Angeles – although he considers himself a Miami native – graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and received his doctor of medicine degree from the Uniformed Services University of Sciences of the United States. Health in Bethesda (Maryland).

Prior to attending medical school, he served as a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot and flew more than 1,100 hours, including more than 600 limited combat and imminent danger hours during deployments to Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Rubio is a family physician and board certified flight surgeon. EFE

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