Nick Hague and his Russian colleague Alexei Ovchinin couldn’t reach the International Space Station (ISS) in October, because of some troubles with the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle – we all know the accident. While it’s such a shame that happened, they might go for a flight of a year on the station in March, as some sources claim.
As per the source, there is an alternative, too – they might send to the mission the flight US astronaut Christina Koch, who, together with Ovchinin and Hague will get to the International Space Station in March. They will fly with the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft.
Why a year?
They needed this, due to the fact that the first astronaut ever from the United Arab Emirates was supposed to fly on that spacecraft. But the place on the ship has been taken by these three astronauts, and, in order to fulfill the requirements of the contract with the United Arab Emirates, they might have to stay there for a year, as a reliable source stated recently.
When this last happened…
The last flight that took a year to the International Space Station took place in 2015 and 2016 and the mission was accomplished by Russian astronaut Mikhail Kornienko and its colleague from US Scott Kelly. Before this happened, US and Russia took year-long flights to the Mir station, in 1987 and 1988, with Vladimir Titov and Musa Manarov, and in 1998 and 1999, with Sergei Avdeyev.
We should mention that the longest stay in the space (ever!) that lasted more than 14 months was successfully made by Valery Polyakov in the years 1994 and 1995, at the Mir station, as well.
Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.