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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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In July, 2021, NASA will launch the Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission, the first full-scale demonstration of asteroid defection technology. The mission will target the smaller body in the binary asteroid system. It will demonstrate deflection technology that can be used to protect Earth from hazardous asteroids.

Asteroids are all around us at all times. We hear about the biggest and most dangerous ones on a regular basis, but at the moment we really don’t have any way to protect ourselves if one were to come speeding straight for Earth.

The acclaimed space research centre based in the North American country of the United States of America is one of the agencies working on ways to save us from a potentially disastrous collision. The DART mission will test the feasibility of pushing an asteroid off course by slamming a spacecraft directly into it.  

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has came up with the Dragonfly mission to search for the presence of life in Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. The mission is estimated to cost $1 billion.

NASA said that the Dragonfly mission will be launched in 2026 and will land in 2034. The rotorcrafts which will be sent by the Dragonfly drone will be flying to various locations across the icy moon, and this will be viewed by the scientists. Nasa said that there will be 8 rotors in this spacecraft.

Titan, the largest moon of Saturn and the second-largest natural satellite in the Solar System is the only moon known to have a dense atmosphere. Titan is thought to be a prebiotic environment rich in complex organic chemistry, with a possible subsurface liquid ocean serving as a biotic environment.

Since Titan has lakes of methane, the scientists doubts the presence of methane based lives there. No presence of water has been detected in Titan.

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NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said, “Visiting this mysterious ocean world could revolutionize what we know about life in the universe”. About the Dragonfly mission, he said, “This cutting-edge mission would have been unthinkable even just a few years ago, but we’re now ready for Dragonfly’s amazing flight”.

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In an interview for a radio talk show, Jim Bridenstine, the Administrator of NASA said that the first person on Mars is likely to be a woman. Female astronauts are expected to mark history on space adventures soon! Bridenstine also said that the next American astronaut to set foot on moon will also be a woman.

No clues had been given regarding the name of the women. The exact dates for both these space ventures are also remaining unrevealed. The first all-woman spacewalk will be taking place later this month, revealed Bridenstine.

“These are great days. We have the first all-female spacewalk happening this month at the end of March, which is of course, National Women’s Month … So NASA is committed to making sure that we have a broad and diverse set of talent”. says Bridenstine.

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