Recovery forces were assembled for the return of Soyuz MS-24 on April 6

2024-03-27 15:37:46

Specialists of the medical service of the Central Military District (CMD), Russian pilots and ground search and rescue teams completed the grouping of forces to ensure the safety of the landing module of the Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft at Kazakhstan.

This was reported by the press service of the district.

Military medics of the Central Military District, part of the Russian search and rescue teams, have taken up new operational positions near the primary and secondary landing zones of the Soyuz MS-24 descent module. Russian specialists will carry out air and ground missions in the areas of the cities of Zhezkazgan and Arkalyk for the rapid detection of the descent vehicle and ensuring the safety of the crew of the Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky , Belarusian spaceflight participant Marina Vassilyevskaya and NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara during landing “, the press release said.

According to the press service, about 200 military personnel, Mi-8 helicopters, An-12 and An-26 aircraft, as well as ground equipment, including PEM-1 and PEM- search and recovery vehicles, are taking part in the search and rescue support. for the return of the crew.

The Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle and the Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft were launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on March 23 at 3:36 p.m. Moscow time. Initially, Roscosmos planned to launch the ship on Thursday, March 21 – ballistic conditions would have made it possible to fly to the ISS using an ultra-short two-orbit scheme in just 3.5 hours. However, 20 seconds before the start there was an automatic cancellation and the launch was postponed to Saturday. Along with the postponement of the launch, the appointment pattern also changed: the cosmonauts arrived at the station on a two-day schedule.

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Novitsky and Vassilyevskaya will remain on the ISS for about two weeks and will return on April 6 aboard Soyuz MS-24 with O’Hara, and NASA astronaut Tracy Dyson’s mission will last until September, after which she will return to Earth with Roscosmos cosmonauts. Oleg Kononenko (TASS special envoy on the ISS) and Nikolaï Choub.

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