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Russia: Russian cosmonaut ‘ready’ to fly with SpaceX

PublishedAugust 26, 2022 at 2:54 pm

RussiaRussian cosmonaut ‘ready’ to fly with SpaceX

Anna Kikina will take place on October 3 aboard a capsule from Elon Musk’s company to reach the International Space Station.

In an undated photograph released by the Russian space agency Roscosmos on August 26, 2022, cosmonaut Anna Kikina poses for a photographer in a spacesuit in Moscow.

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Russia’s only active female cosmonaut said on Friday she was “ready” for a scheduled flight to the International Space Station (ISS) in early October on a joint mission with NASA, despite US-Russian tensions. Anna Kikina, 37, will be part of this October 3 flight aboard Space X’s Crew Dragon capsule. The mission will also include two US astronauts, Nicole Mann and Josh Kassada, and Japan’s Koichi Wakata. . The spacecraft will be launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

“I am ready for this flight. I’m flying to America on September 8 for final training, pre-flight training and various procedures,” said Kikina, an engineer by training, during a press conference broadcast by the Russian space agency Roskosmos. She will be the fifth Russian female professional cosmonaut to go into space, and the first cosmonaut from her country to fly on the Space X mission, which she says is a “big responsibility.”

When asked about the attitude of American astronauts towards her in the context of diplomatic tensions related to the conflict in Ukraine, the Russian woman said that she feels “appreciated”. “I am very happy to be part of this team,” she insisted. The last Russian woman to be in space before Anna Kikina was Elena Serova, who spent 167 days aboard the ISS in 2014 and 2015.

Fifth Russian woman

The Soviet Union sent the first woman in history, Valentina Tereshkova, into space on June 16, 1963. She was followed by Svetlana Savitskaya, the first woman to go into space, in July 1984. In October, Russia also sent actress Yulia. Peresild to film the first feature film in orbit, ahead of Tom Cruise’s rival project.

Space is one of the few areas where the US and Russia continue to cooperate despite diplomatic tensions. On September 21, NASA astronaut Francisco Rubio is scheduled to travel to the ISS aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft with two Russian cosmonauts, Sergei Prokopiev and Dmitry Petelin.

(AFP)

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