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Russia Aborts Launch Of Soyuz With Three Astronauts 20 Seconds Before Liftoff

Russia’s MS-25 mission to launch three astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) on March 21 has been scrubbed. The announcement was made after the automatic abort command on the rocket was mysteriously issued just 20 seconds before liftoff. The launch was scheduled for 6:51 pm IST from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome, but it has now been delayed by at least a couple of days.

The reason for the abort command is yet to be determined and engineers are assessing what may have caused the abort. As for the crew, they are perfectly safe and process is underway to extract them from the Soyuz rocket.

“Today’s Soyuz launch was aborted at the 20-second mark. The spacecraft and crew remain safe. Teams at Baikonur will provide updates as they make assessments,” NASA said in a post on X.

The next launch opportunity is no earlier than March 23, a NASA commentator said. “Its going to be a few days before you get any visitors,” NASA’s mission control center communicated with astronauts at the ISS.

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MS-25 crew members Dyson, Novitsky and Vasilevskaya (left to right). Image: ISS/@Instagram

The crew of MS-25 mission includes Tracy Dyson of NASA, Oleg Novitsky of Roscosmos and Marina Vasilevskaya of Belarus. Vasilevskaya today got very close to becoming the first astronaut from Belarus to visit space since its independence from Soviet Union. She will also be the first woman from her nation to visit the space station.

When the mission successfully launches, Vasilevskaya and Novitsky will return after spending two weeks aboard the ISS whereas Dyson will stay for the next six months.

ALSO SEE: Astronauts On International Space Station Snap Insightful Image Of Soyuz Rocket Launch




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