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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The US will extend the use of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to bring NASA astronauts to the Space Station International and ensure their return to Earth until April 2020, a source in the Russian space industry told Sputnik.
"For now the next plan is planned: two NASA astronauts will remain on the ISS for nine months instead of the usual six, so Nick Hague begins his mission on March 1
According to the source, this will allow NASA to have at least one astronaut in the American segment of the station to maintain it and, therefore, to have a plan B in case of delay in the start of regular flights of new manned spacecraft American.
"In other words, the dependence of the American side from the Russian space ship Soyuz is extended from December 2019 to April 2020", the added source.
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Next month, the US Crew Dragon spacecraft and the Russian Soyuz MS- 12 will dock with the ISS with the latter who will deliver three new crew members to the space station.
Last year, the Russian probe Soyuz MS-09 attracted international attention after the crew of the International Space Station detected a minor air leak caused by a microfracture on a wall of the orbital module of the ship. Energy then introduced video surveillance in all phases of the construction of the Soyuz space probe
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