Three Russian cosmonauts allegedly boarded the International Space Station wearing Ukrainian flags as a possible statement against the war, according to Russia’s space agency.
The first arrivals were dressed in bright yellow suits with blue trimmings, as has been the case since Russia’s war began. They were greeted with hugs and greetings from their fellow American, Russian, and German crew members. The Roscosmos space agency stated, “Sometimes yellow is just yellow.”
The International Space Station (ISS) is a joint project involving Russia, the United States, Canada, Japan, and several European countries. It is led by a US-Russian partnership that has lasted two decades despite tensions between the two world powers fluctuating. After a three-hour flight from a Russian-owned facility in Kazakhstan, Russian cosmonauts Denis Matveyev, Oleg Artemyev, and Sergey Korsakov docked at the International Space Station.
A voice from Russia’s mission control said, “Congratulations on the successful docking.” Two sets of hatches were opened a few hours later, and the three smiling men in their yellow suits floated into the space station one by one. Before takeoff, at least one of the men was seen wearing the standard-issue Russian uniform, which is plain blue. Roscosmos and Nasa, the American space agency, both broadcast the event live.
People all over the world have used the colours of Ukraine’s national flag to show solidarity and support since the invasion. The reports were dismissed by Roscosmos’ press service as a “funny invention” by foreign bloggers and media.
“The new crew’s flight suits are designed in the colours of the Bauman Moscow State Technical University emblem, from which all three cosmonauts graduated… It’s insane to see the Ukrainian flag everywhere and in everything.”
Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos, is a strong supporter of the invasion, and he claimed that the claims that the cosmonauts were wearing Ukrainian flags were made by Ukrainian nationalists.
Later, Roscosmos published another photo of Oleg Artemyev dressed in a clearly Russian suit.
The three Russians will embark on a six-month science mission aboard the International Space Station.
They will take the place of three current crew members who will return to Earth on March 30.
The colours are certainly trendy, but what is the real reason for wearing them? Is it a show of support for Ukraine or a show of opposition? After all, the suits have Russian flags on them.
Maybe neither point of view is correct.The colours are said to be a reflection of the fact that all three cosmonauts attended Bauman Moscow State Technical University, which has a similar colour scheme. The university has been touting the fact that it is a “Bauman crew.”
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