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Russia launched a rescue ship on Friday for two cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut whose original ride home sprang a dangerous leak while parked at the International Space Station

Russia launched a rescue ship on Friday for two cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut whose original ride home sprang a dangerous leak while parked at the International Space Station

Russia has launched a Soyuz capsule to rescue two cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut who are stranded at the International Space Station after their ride experienced a dangerous leak. The leak was discovered on August 29th, and while it did not pose an immediate threat to the crew, the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft that had delivered them to the station could not be used for their return trip to Earth.

The Soyuz capsule that was launched on Friday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is a spare vehicle that had been kept on standby in case of an emergency. It is carrying no crew, but it will be able to ferry the stranded cosmonauts and astronaut back to Earth if necessary.

The Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft, which had brought the crew to the station in June, suffered a leak in its upper compartment, which is located above the crew's living quarters. The leak was found after a drop in cabin pressure was detected on the station. The cause of the leak is still under investigation, but it is believed to have been caused by a micrometeoroid strike.

The crew, which includes Russian cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Oleg Artemyev, as well as NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, has been living on the space station since June. They were originally scheduled to return to Earth in December, but their mission may be extended to accommodate the delay caused by the leak.

NASA and its international partners have strict safety protocols in place to deal with emergencies in space, including the ability to quickly launch a rescue vehicle if necessary. The Soyuz capsule is a tried and tested design that has been used for decades to transport crew and supplies to and from the space station.

The space station is a joint project of NASA, the Russian space agency Roscosmos, the European Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. It has been continuously occupied by rotating crews of astronauts and cosmonauts since November 2000.

The incident highlights the dangers that astronauts and cosmonauts face in space, where they are exposed to extreme conditions and are far from help if something goes wrong. However, it also demonstrates the skill and expertise of the teams on the ground who are able to quickly respond to emergencies and ensure the safety of the crew.

Russia has launched a Soyuz capsule to rescue two cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut who are stranded at the International Space Station after their ride experienced a dangerous leak. The leak was discovered on August 29th, and while it did not pose an immediate threat to the crew, the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft that had delivered them to the station could not be used for their return trip to Earth.

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