The U.S. were idiots to trust the Russians on anything, especially space exploration.
The three cosmonauts on board the Soyuz spacecraft are stuck in the space slow lane after a delay to their planned six-hour trip to the International Space Station. They will now arrive at the ISS almost two days later than expected after a critical 24-second engine thruster burn that would have kept the team on course failed …
The reason this is news is that the Soyuz is generally so reliable.
Still, i seem to have missed the bit which said everyone died a horrible fiery death, which i assume from your comment actually happened. You would think from the article that they had a minor failure with the maneuvering computer...
Oh wait a sec, that's actually all that happened!
Roscosmos wishes to apologise for the delay to your journey today between Earth and the International Space Station.
This has been caused by an unexpected power supply issue - due to the wrong type of vacuum outside - meaning that we were unable to transfer from the slow orbit to a faster trajectory.
Your service is now running approximately two days late, and we hope that this does not cause you any inconvenience.
We realise that you had no choice of carrier today, but we still thank you for travelling with us, and hope to see you on the return flight in approximately six months time. That's if Putin hasn't sparked off nuclear Armageddon by then.
1) aren't those supplies for the ISS ?
2) do they have enough toilet space ?
3) btw, does anyone include human dejections in the list of things whizzing around our planet and posing a grave risk to satellites et al ? I'd hate to read that a comms sat got hit by a curry turd and didn't survive.
Okay, okay, I'm going already.
They'll carry about a week's worth of provisions with them in case of emergency, specifically if something goes wrong at any point in the trip.
As for waste, it is either recycled back into fresh water or stowed in sealed bags and placed in the same compartments the food was carried up in. What better ballast material than something that has the same weight and consistency of what was there before; a balanced spacecraft is a happy spacecraft.
Both. The capsule/on-orbit section is the Soyuz-TMA. The launch vehicle is a Soyuz-FG. Yes, confusing name overloading FTW.
The unmanned Progress supply drones usually launch on top of a Soyuz-U launch vehicle, just to make life even more interesting (although I see that they've launched at least some on a Soyuz-FG).
If you care, there's tonnes of borderline-obsessive information on Wikipedia.
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