Three cosmonauts joined the International Space Station in overalls … yellow and blue

Yellow and blue, as in the flag of Ukraine where the bombings continue, the number of deaths and the damage caused by the Russian aggression is increasing every day. On Friday, a trio of Russian cosmonauts flew aboard a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur base in Kazakhstan to land on the International Space Station (ISS).

A few hours later, they one by one exited their ship, wearing blue-patterned yellow jumpsuits instead of the usual blue outfit. A detail did not escape those who followed the arrival aboard three Russians, Oleg Artemiev, Denis Matveïev and Sergei Korsakov.

Check out the colors of their jumpsuits! Oleg, I know you are the best“, tweeted Katya Pavlushchenko, Russian space exploration blogger. A message emphasized by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield who stayed right on the ISS: “a new crew of cosmonauts docked on the ISS dressed in yellow and blue. Good to see“.

The other two astronauts who also passed aboard the ISS, the Americans, also did not survive in detail Scott Kelly and Terry Virts who tweeted: “Wow. wow lang. Good game“.

Spontaneously selected colors?

International Space Station crews chose the colors of their suits, a few months before their expedition. In most cases, however, they are more neutral colors – white, light or dark blue – even if yellow is actually used. for a Russian outfit a few years ago and even worn by Oleg Artemyev.

Is this a message for Ukraine? Here are all the questions. In photos taken before flying to Kazakhstan, the three cosmonauts wore more “classic” white and blue clothing. Asked at the press conference of the arrival, Oleg Artemyev explained that it was “they turn to color choice“.

We have accumulated a lot of yellow matter so we have to use it. That’s why we have to wear yellow“, he reasoned. An explanation that is not enough to silence the evocations of a possible link to the war in Ukraine. Speculations strongly responded to the Russian space agency.

Sometimes yellow is just yellow“, commented the Roscosmos press service calling here”invention“the allusion to the Ukrainian flag.”The flight suits of the new crew were made using the colors of the emblem of Bauman Moscow State Technical University where the three cosmonauts graduated.“, he supports.

Seeing the Ukrainian flag everywhere and in everyone is insane“, he added. Dmitry Rogozin, boss of Roscosmos, who has already shown his support for the Russian aggression on several occasions, supported these claims on Twitter by sharing the emblem in question:

This same version was later taken in a press release sent by the Russian agency to the Telegram in which cosmonaut Oleg Artemiev declared: “There is no point in looking for signs or symbols hidden in our uniform. A color is only one color. It is not connected to Ukraine“.

He also confirmed defining the colors of their university, saying the choice was made about six months ago, the time the suits were sewn. Soon, Roscosmos published a new photo of Artemiev wearing a white jumpsuit with the colors of the Russian flag. What are gossips? Not too sure.

Oleg Artemiev, 51 years old and commander of Expedition 67, is an experienced cosmonaut who has completed two long missions aboard the ISS in 2014 and 2018. However, this is the first for his two friends, Denis Matveïev and Sergei Korsakov, aged 38 and 37 respectively.

The trio was joined by Americans Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, Mark Vande Hei and Kayla Barron, Russians Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov, and German Matthias Maurer. Three of them, Vande Hei as well as Shkaplerov and Dubrov, must leave on March 30 aboard the Soyuz spacecraft to return to Earth.

The European agency has suspended its cooperation with Russia

From the beginning of the war in Ukraine, intense tensions can be seen even in space cooperation. Last week, Dmitry Rogozin said, that Western sanctions against Russia could disrupt the operation of Russia’s spacecraft, and thus cause the crash of the ISS. Comments were declined by NASA.

“Nothing has changed in the last three weeks”said Joel Montalbano, director of the ISS program for the American space agency, which was taken over by the AFP. “The control centers continue to operate without problems”, he continued, also confirming the return to Earth as planned by the American and the two Russians by the end of the month.

For its part, the European Space Agency (ESA) has decided to end its cooperation with Russia for the launch of its ExoMars mission in 2022. It has “nananaghoy deep human losses and the tragic consequences of the aggression against Ukraine “,” fully compliant with the sanctions imposed on Russia by its member states “.

The mission, which aims to explore the planet Mars using an orbiter and a rover, was originally planned for 2020 and has been postponed due to the pandemic. With this new recession, it has been seriously compromised, especially since the window of opportunity for the red planet only opens every two years.

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