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US to Extend Use of Russia's Soyuz for ISS Missions Until April 2020 – Source



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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The United States wants to extend the use of Russian spacecraft to bring NASA astronauts to the International Space Station and ensure their Sputnik.

"NASA astronauts wants to stay on the ISS for nine months instead of the usual six. So, Nick Hague starts his mission on March 14 [2019] on the Soyuz MS-12 and returns to Earth on 18 December on the Soyuz MS-1

3, while Andrew Morgan plans to travel to the orbital station on Soyuz MS-13 on 6 July and wants to return to Soyuz MS-15 in April 2020 ", the source said.

According to the source, this will allow NASA to have at least one astronaut in the US

"In other words, the dependence of American side on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft is extended from December 2019 to April 2020", a plan B in case of delay in the start of regular flights.

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Next month, the US spacecraft Crew Dragon and Russia's Soyuz MS-12 wants to dock three new crew members to the space station.

Last year, Russia's Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft attracted international attention after the International Space Station's crew was diagnosed with a microfracture on a wall of the orbital module of the ship. Energia has since introduced video surveillance at Soyuz spacecraft.

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