Russian, US space chiefs to discuss future of International Space Station

Russian, US space chiefs to discuss future of International Space Station

Russian, US space chiefs to discuss future of International Space Station

Although the space agency says it accepts Roscosmos' findings that the hole may have been made from the inside - and even possibly by drilling - they don't believe American astronauts worked to undermine worldwide cooperation in space by killing everyone on board the ISS.

Down the astronauts will be on a cargo Soyuz MS-08. Crew members evacuated from the lander. It was followed by the 15th Dragon, which arrived in July with additional supplies.

On the Ground today flying Americans Richard Arnold and Andrew Feustel and Russians Oleg Artemyev. In August, a Russian Progress completed a record rapid rendezvous of less than four hours.

Members of the Expedition 56 crew landing back on Earth.

"Both Feustel and Arnold participated in dozens of educational downlink events while in space as part of NASA's Year of Education on Station, reaching more than 200,000 students in 29 states", according to NASA.

ISRO scientists and engineers have been working on the Gaganyaan spacecraft for the mission.

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They discovered - and quickly and effectively patched - a small hole in the station's hull, allowing precious oxygen to escape out into space. In total Feustel now has almost 62 hours on spacewalks and Arnold has tallied over 32 hours.

The two Americans performed three space walks to carry out maintenance during their 197-day stay at the orbiting lab.

The spacewalk timed out at 7 hours and 46 minutes, the longest in Russian space programme history.

Feustel on Wednesday turned over command of the station to European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst of Germany.

If the mission proves successful, India will join an elite group of only three countries - Russia, US and China - which have the capability to launch a manned mission to outer space.

That suggests the hole was "an isolated issue", NASA said, not one expected to reappear on the next Soyuz, which is scheduled to launch October 11 from Kazakhstan with NASA's Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin.

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