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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, @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.

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

    by PartTimeZombie (4827) 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. []

      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 []