The Russian spacecraft Roscosmos Soyuz MS-22, a damaged space capsule, returned uncrewed from the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday (28). Parachute landing in Kazakhstan at 08:46 (Brazil time). The ISS left at 6:57 am.

Originally, the Soyuz is a manned spacecraft descended from traditional spacecraft launched by Russia (and before the Soviet Union) since the 1960s. The MS-22 version is one of the most modern and two Russian cosmonauts (Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin) and an American astronaut (Frank Rubio) on the ISS on September 21 last year.

But less than three months after docking at the space lab, the team discovered a leak in the capsule’s cooling system that made it unsafe for the crew.

What’s wrong with the Soyuz MS-22?

According to a preliminary study conducted on the ISS, the Soyuz MS-22 was damaged by the impact of a micrometeorite that drilled a 0.8mm hole in the external cooling radiator. The conclusion of the space company Roscosmos was that the service module was no longer safe for the crew to return to Earth.

However, the launch programs were restructured, and a rescue ship – Soyuz M-23 – was sent to the ISS on February 26. Giving “cars” to astronauts stranded on the ISS in September.

Normally, defective equipment on the ISS is sent to a natural combustion process in Earth’s atmosphere. In the case of the M-22, the Russians opted for an automatic, parachute-assisted landing to inspect the module and complete the incident investigation.

Source: Tec Mundo

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