US To Extend Use Of Soyuz Spacecraft For ISS Missions Until April 2020 - Source

US to Extend Use of Soyuz Spacecraft for ISS Missions Until April 2020 - Source

The United States will extend the use of Russian Soyuz spacecraft to bring NASA astronauts to the International Space Station and ensure their return to Earth until April 2020, a Russian space industry source told Sputnik

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 12th February, 2019) The United States will extend the use of Russian Soyuz spacecraft to bring NASA astronauts to the International Space Station and ensure their return to Earth until April 2020, a Russian space industry source told Sputnik.

"The following scheme is planned for now: two NASA astronauts will remain 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 December 18 on the Soyuz MS-13, while Andrew Morgan will travel to the orbital station on Soyuz MS-13 on July 6 and will return on 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 segment of the station to maintain it and, therefore, to have a plan B in case of the delay in the start of regular flights of new US manned spacecraft.

"In other words, the dependence of the American side on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft is extended from December 2019 to April 2020," the source added.

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