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posted by Fnord666 on Thursday February 20 2020, @12:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the broken-dreams dept.

Russia replaces two cosmonauts on next space station crew for 'medical reasons':

Two Russian cosmonauts have been removed from the next scheduled launch to the International Space Station "for medical reasons," according to the Russian space agency.

In a statement posted to its website on Wednesday (Feb. 19), Roscosmos said that Nikolai Tikhonov and Andrei Babkin will no longer fly to the space station in April, and will instead be replaced by backup crew members.

"The positions of the commander and flight engineer of the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft will now be taken by Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner," the agency said [In Russian]. "The changes will affect only the Russian part of the crew."

A NASA spokesperson confirmed that U.S. astronaut Chris Cassidy will continue to prepare for the mission, which will now see him, Ivanishin and Vagner serve as the Expedition 63 crew on board the space station.

Roscosmos provided few details about the medical concerns that led to the crew change. The agency's director of human spaceflight, former cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, said in a news briefing that the issue involved one of the two replaced crew members.

"Due to personal data, we will not disclose it yet," said Krikalev, according to the Interfax news agency.

Russian media reports, citing unnamed sources, said that it was Tikhonov who had suffered an injury. Roscosmos appeared to support that by confirming that Babkin, along with cosmonaut Sergey Ryzhikov, had been reassigned as the new Soyuz MS-16 backup crew members.

Ivanishin, Vagner and Cassidy are scheduled to launch on April 9 atop a Soyuz-2.1a booster from Site 31 at Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It will be the first spaceflight for Vagner and the third for both Ivanishin and Cassidy.


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  • (Score: 2) by ikanreed on Thursday February 20 2020, @02:21PM (10 children)

    by ikanreed (3164) on Thursday February 20 2020, @02:21PM (#960281) Journal

    I don't need to know the detailed medical history of everyone who's ever been to space.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @02:48PM (9 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @02:48PM (#960285)

      What if it is 5g nanobots upregulating ACE2 receptors to allow coronavirus into their cells? Don't you think we have the right to know?

      • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @02:53PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @02:53PM (#960288)

        No, you have a right to die.

      • (Score: 2) by ikanreed on Thursday February 20 2020, @03:03PM (7 children)

        by ikanreed (3164) on Thursday February 20 2020, @03:03PM (#960292) Journal

        1. I always appreciate a good technobabble. Seriously, Star Trek level jargon-splatter there. Perfect tone for a generic conspiracy theorist. A+
        2. Serious answer to the fake question is no. You don't have a right to know what illness someone else has, though there are methods for anonymously informing people who might be at risk for a serious infection that have been devised by public health experts.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @03:38PM (6 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @03:38PM (#960308)

          Technobabble? 5g is just a word for locally increasing the background intensity of ubiquitous 24 - 72 GHz electromagnetic radiation.

          What absorbs radiation of those frequencies?

          • (Score: 2) by ikanreed on Thursday February 20 2020, @03:54PM (5 children)

            by ikanreed (3164) on Thursday February 20 2020, @03:54PM (#960316) Journal

            Took some review of journals of Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy to check, but 0.41 to 1.25 centimeter wavelength covers the following elements' absorption spectra:

            Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium, Berylium, Mercury, Oxygen, Iron, Lead, Carbon, Sodium, Chlorine, at least among the tables I reviewed.

            Obviously molecular absorption spectra are more varied and harder to pin down, but I don't know if you're trying to get at anything meaningful.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @04:41PM (4 children)

              by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @04:41PM (#960338)

              Do you don't even know about matter vapor.

              • (Score: 2) by ikanreed on Thursday February 20 2020, @04:54PM (3 children)

                by ikanreed (3164) on Thursday February 20 2020, @04:54PM (#960344) Journal

                Can't say I do, nor is it worth googling to pretend I do.

                • (Score: 2) by PartTimeZombie on Thursday February 20 2020, @07:34PM (1 child)

                  by PartTimeZombie (4827) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 20 2020, @07:34PM (#960416)

                  SoylentNews has attracted a conspiracy theory A/C nutter.

                  He is the anti-vaxx weirdo.

                  Ask him about ancient astronauts or chemtrails, go on, I dare you.

                  For what it's worth I googled matter vapor, and couldn't find anything useful before I lost interest. I assumed the "5G nanobots..." thing was a joke, but maybe not.

                  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @09:57PM

                    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @09:57PM (#960463)

                    For me the water vapor wikipedia was the 5th result of searching "matter vapor".

                    Searching "matter vapor 5g" yields this as the 3rd result:

                    But now there’s a new issue: weather satellites. An April article in Nature set the meteorological community into an uproar, as it detailed the potential fallout of a recent auction from the Federal Communications Commission of 24.25 to 24.45 and 24.75 to 25.25 gigahertz (GHz) spectrum. There’s one problem: that’s close to the frequency meteorologists use to detect water vapor in the air.

                    https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/5g-weather-satellite-interference/ [digitaltrends.com]

                    Try using duckduckgo instead of google for better results when searching someones typos.

                • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @09:54PM

                  by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @09:54PM (#960462)

                  Spellcheck induced typo.

                  Do -> So
                  Matter -> Water

                  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extremely_high_frequency#/media/File:Micrwavattrp.png [wikipedia.org]

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @02:51PM (15 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @02:51PM (#960287)

    What's with the scare quotes? Is someone trying to insinuate that Putin/Trump wanted them recalled to Earth?

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @03:06PM (9 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @03:06PM (#960293)

      I came here to post and say the same thing.

      I am getting really sick of these quotes in the media, specifically when they are used to add a tone of disbelief or incredulousness about something that doesn't merit the overt display of bias.

      If there's some reason to disbelieve why Russia is managing their staffing of the crew, then great, outline that.

      • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Thursday February 20 2020, @03:35PM

        by tangomargarine (667) on Thursday February 20 2020, @03:35PM (#960306)

        Ditto. Like, do people really expect them to go into detail what the medical problem was? We actually have laws against that over here in the USA.

        Unless they have the tiniest shred of evidence the Russians are lying about it, they can fuck right off.

        --
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      • (Score: 2, Troll) by DeathMonkey on Thursday February 20 2020, @06:30PM (6 children)

        by DeathMonkey (1380) on Thursday February 20 2020, @06:30PM (#960386) Journal

        Perhaps those quotes indicate that it was some sort of quotation and were not intended to scare you?

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @11:42PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @11:42PM (#960498)

          It means "that is what they said the reason was".

          • (Score: 2) by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us on Friday February 21 2020, @04:24PM

            by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us (6553) on Friday February 21 2020, @04:24PM (#960700) Journal

            And unless you have fair reason to question it the quotes are unnecessary. If you have fair reason to question it then you state your reasoning after using the quotes. It's up to me, as the reader, to figure out what should have had scare quotes unless the author is going to justify their use.

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        • (Score: 2) by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us on Friday February 21 2020, @04:27PM (3 children)

          by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us (6553) on Friday February 21 2020, @04:27PM (#960705) Journal

          Then the editor needs to directly attribute who said it. (The summary title. The article attributes it correctly but missed the intro comma before the quotes.) Better sentence construction would have been: Two Russian cosmonatus have been removed from the next scheduled International Space Station launch for what the Russian Space Agency described as, "medical reasons."

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          • (Score: 2) by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us on Friday February 21 2020, @04:29PM

            by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us (6553) on Friday February 21 2020, @04:29PM (#960706) Journal

            And better title construction would have been: Russia replaces two cosmonauts for next ISS launch for medical reasons. (No quotes necessary). Or Russia replaces two cosmonauts for next ISS launch described as, "medical reasons".

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          • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Friday February 21 2020, @04:42PM (1 child)

            by DeathMonkey (1380) on Friday February 21 2020, @04:42PM (#960711) Journal

            It's attributed in the very first sentence!

            Two Russian cosmonauts have been removed from the next scheduled launch to the International Space Station "for medical reasons," according to the Russian space agency.

            • (Score: 2) by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us on Friday February 21 2020, @04:56PM

              by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us (6553) on Friday February 21 2020, @04:56PM (#960719) Journal

              OK. Why are the quotes necessary at all? Why is this not equally clear and correct: Two Russian cosmonauts have been removed from the next scheduled launch to the International Space Station for medical reasons, according to the Russian space agency.

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              Keep everyone ignorant of the magical world! KEEP AMERICA OBLIVIATE!
      • (Score: 2) by Aegis on Friday February 21 2020, @12:21AM

        by Aegis (6714) on Friday February 21 2020, @12:21AM (#960510)

        God, there's no conspiracy too small!

        It's a very dry report chock full of quotes. Nobody is trying to scare anybody.

    • (Score: 2) by looorg on Thursday February 20 2020, @05:00PM

      by looorg (578) on Thursday February 20 2020, @05:00PM (#960347)

      Perhaps they got "Space Herpes" or some other embarrassing social disease. But yes "scare quotes" are stupid for the most part. If Trump/Putin demand their return to earth cause they have fallen from grace then I'm not sure if they just wouldn't be better off if they spaced themselves out the airlock.

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @05:29PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @05:29PM (#960358)

      In Russia, medical reasons could mean executed. In USA, medical reasons could mean a hangnail.

      • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Thursday February 20 2020, @06:14PM

        by Freeman (732) on Thursday February 20 2020, @06:14PM (#960376) Journal

        I could believe that at one point, but I think the current Russia isn't quite that nuts. Plus, why would you execute Cosmonauts? Seems like they'd be smart enough not to do something that would lead to their execution. Much more likely that they swapped out Cosmonauts, in case this whole coronavirus thing explodes. In which case, it might be nice to have fresh guys up there, who won't need to come back for a good while.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @05:40PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @05:40PM (#960362)

      So you're admitting that Putin/Trump were sewn together top to bottom? It does make sense, must've used some of those fancy non-local quantum sutures.

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by DeathMonkey on Thursday February 20 2020, @06:26PM

      by DeathMonkey (1380) on Thursday February 20 2020, @06:26PM (#960383) Journal

      What's with the scare quotes?

      I think those are just normal quotes. As in, they indicate that they were the exact words used in the Russian agency announcement.

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