Image credit: Roscosmos/NASA


Due to the compromised nature of Russia’s Soyuz MS-22, a seat liner from that craft has been transferred to the SpaceX Dragon Endurance spacecraft. Doing so provides lifeboat capabilities in the event NASA astronaut Francisco Rubio would need to return to Earth because of an emergency evacuation from the International Space Station.

Russian cosmonauts Dmitry Petelin, Sergei Prokopyev and NASA astronaut Francisco Rubio.
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The change allows for increased crew protection by reducing the heat load inside the MS-22 spacecraft for cosmonauts Sergei Prokopiev and Dmitry Petelin in the event of an emergency return to Earth.

According to Russia’s Roscosmos, to maintain the alignment of the Soyuz MS-22 descent vehicle, a stack with loads was placed in Rubio’s chair.

Be seated…on a Soyuz.
Image credit: Roscosmos


Once the replacement vehicle – an uncrewed Soyuz MS-23 — arrives at the space station on Feb. 22, Rubio’s seat liner will be transferred to the new Soyuz and the seat liners for Prokopyev and Petelin will be moved from MS-22 to MS-23 ahead of their return in the Soyuz.


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