NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos signed an agreement in July to allow Russian cosmonauts to fly on American spacecraft in exchange for American astronauts being able to use Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft.
Executive Director of the Russian space agency Roscosmos
This agreement is an almost unique example of cooperation between Moscow and Washington at a time when bilateral relations have reached a new record of tension due to Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Russia expresses doubts about space cooperation in other areas and talks about withdrawing from the International Space Station in 2024 and efforts to build its own station, although recently it has made it clear that it is not necessary to get too attached to this date.
The agreement signed in July, providing for the sharing of flights, will allow Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina to fly with an American company already in the fall.SpaceX” by the Crew Dragon spacecraft.
A. Kikina, who will become the first cosmonaut to fly on the Crew Dragon spacecraft, revealed to reporters that she experienced quite a shock when she learned that she would not be flying on a Soyuz spacecraft.
According to Ruse, she will follow the American tradition of arriving at the launch site in a Tesla car, which is made by SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s car manufacturing business.
Space exploration is one of the few areas where, even during the Cold War, the Soviet Union and the United States had some degree of cooperation. It was crowned by the symbolic “space handshake” of the cosmonaut and astronaut during the Apollo and Soyuz missions in 1975.