Source: NASA astro­naut who failed to reach ISS may make one-year flight

Iran Daily - - Science & Technology -

NASA astro­naut Nick Hague, who, to­gether with Rus­sian cos­mo­naut Alexei Ov­chinin, did not reach the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion (ISS) in Oc­to­ber due to the Soyuz-fg launch ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent, may go for a year-long flight on the sta­tion in March, a Rus­sian space in­dus­try source told Sput­nik on Sun­day.

“An op­tion for US astro­naut Nick Hague to carry out a year-long flight to the ISS in 2019-2020 is be­ing con­sid­ered,” the source said.

Ac­cord­ing to the source, an­other less likely op­tion is to send to that flight US astro­naut Christina Koch, who, to­gether with Ov­chinin and Hague, will fly to the ISS in March on the Soyuz MS-12 space­craft.

“The need for an an­nual flight was caused by the fact that the first astro­naut of the United Arab Emi­rates was sup­posed to fly on the Soyuz MS-12. Now this place on the ship is oc­cu­pied by as­tro­nauts, and to ful­fil the con­tract with the Arab side, some of the as­tro­nauts must re­main on the ISS for one year,” the source ex­plained.

The first flight to the ISS that lasted al­most a year took place in 2015-2016 with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Rus­sian flight en­gi­neer, Mikhail Kornienko, and his US col­league Scott Kelly.

Be­fore this, Soviet and Rus­sian cos­mo­nauts made year-long flights to the Mir sta­tion: In 1987-1988 — Vladimir Ti­tov and Musa Ma­narov, in 1998-1999 — Sergei Avdeyev.

The long­est sin­gle stay in space ever that lasted more than 14 months was per­formed by Valery Polyakov in 1994-1995 also at the Mir sta­tion.


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