The yellow of the Russian astronauts: the war in Ukraine climbs on the ISS

The first Russian space mission since the start of the war in Ukraine was successfully completed on Friday. Three Russian astronauts have reached the ISS, despite international tensions and sanctions. The event did not pass for various reasons: one concerns the clothing that Soleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev And Sergey Korsakov they exhibited as soon as the hatch of the Soyuz MS-21 shuttle opened to let them enter the ISS. The three they wore all yellow with blue elements, and the thought immediately went to the flag of Ukraine.

A gesture of solidarity by the Russian astronauts towards the Ukrainian population, the symbol of a conflict that vanishes among the stars thanks to the union of the international scientific community, and so on. There have been many readings of that yellow more or less with these tones, up to cold shower came directly from the Russian Space Agency: sometimes yellow, it is simply yellow. It’s still: the design of the uniform was agreed long before the actuality. To further clear the field of pro-Ukraine interpretations, always Roscomsos, specifies that that combination of colors instead symbolizes the Bauman State Technical University of Moscow where all three astronauts were trained.

It was the same to close the case with a joke Artemyev who during the press conference said about the suits: It’s our turn to choose a color. We had accumulated a lot of yellow material, so we had to use it. That’s why we had to wear yellow. The Roscosmos press office labeled the attempt to read support for Ukraine in that mystery as an invention of foreign bloggers and media: the suits of the new crew are made in the colors of the emblem of the Bauman State Technical University in Moscow, where all three cosmonauts graduated … Seeing the Ukrainian flag everywhere and in everything is crazy. This is how Roscosmos closes the case, yet something remains …

… remain the hugs, handshakes and slaps on the back between Russian and American astronauts upon arrival. It remains the symbol of a union in the common interest of the continuation of scientific research, beyond the colors of the suits, the belonging to opposite sides and the statements of the head of the Russian Space Agency (always very active since the beginning of the conflict in defending the reasons of Moscow).

The three Russian cosmonauts will remain on the ISS for six and a half months. Their compatriots Anton Shkaplerov And Pyotr Dubrov instead they will return to Earth next March 30 aboard the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft together with the American Mark Vande Hei. German is also on board the ISS Matthias Maurer of the ESA and the Americans Raya Chari, Thomas Mashburn And Kayla Barrow. The mission that will bring three American astronauts and Samantha Cristoforetti (ESA) on board the ISS with a SpaceX Dragon capsule is scheduled for April.


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