“Roscosmos” for a long time refused to send to the International space station (ISS) mission lasting more than six months, which would have helped NASA prepare astronauts for missions to the moon and Mars, reports NASASpaceflight.com.
According to the American publication, the situation has changed recently when it became known that starting in 2021, the ISS is planned to organize to send ten annual missions involving astronauts.
“the mission will help researchers better understand how the alleged trip to Mars affect the human body and what can be done to mitigate the negative consequences,” — writes portal.
The newspaper reminds that the 340-day mission to the ISS, which was attended by astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, was completed in March 2016, and lasting for 328 days mission astronaut Christine Cooke, ended in February 2020.
May 27, to be held the launch of the spacecraft Crew Dragon American company SpaceX with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on Board. The next day, the aircraft will reach the ISS. The last time the US alone had put men into orbit on 8 July 2011, when it launched a reusable manned spacecraft Atlantis the Space Shuttle program. Since then, people on the ISS to deliver the Soviet (Russian) manned spacecraft “Soyuz”. The last launch of a Soyuz with astronaut, which Roskosmos, NASA will receive $ 90 million, will take place in fall 2020, after which Russia and the United States will only exchange places on their own manned spaceships.