According to the director of the Russian state space company Roscosmos, it has not yet been decided which cosmonaut of the Soyuz MS-23 crew will remain in orbit for an additional period.
One of the crew members of the Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft will have to stay on the International Space Station longer than the rest to organize a short-term flight for a Belarusian cosmonaut, Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, told TASS.
“Yes, someone will have to stay longer,” Rogozin said.
According to him, it has not yet been decided which cosmonaut of the Soyuz MS-23 crew will remain in orbit for a longer period.
“There has been no official proposal from the Cosmonaut Training Center yet, the proposal will appear only after we receive a list of Belarusian candidates, when we understand that our friends from Minsk are aiming for this mission,” Rogozin added.
The crew of the Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft includes cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko, Nikolai Chub and Andrey Vidyayev, and is scheduled to fly next spring, with the Belarusian cosmonaut making a short flight in the fall of 2023 and returning aboard Soyuz MS-23.
It is noteworthy that on April 12, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian space agency Roscosmos to organize a trip for Belarusian representatives to space on a Russian spacecraft. Rogozin then said that the Belarusian side should choose at least twenty candidates for space flights by June 15.
Source: TASS website