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At the last moment, they canceled the launch of the Russian spaceship, there were three cosmonauts on board

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At the last moment, they canceled the launch of the Russian spaceship, there were three cosmonauts on board

The launch of the Russian spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) was canceled at the last minute on Thursday. It was announced by the Russian space agency Roskosmos and subsequently by the American NASA, the AFP and AP agencies report.

On board the Soyuz MS-25 were three astronauts, Russian Oleg Novitsky, American Tracy Dyson and the first ever Belarusian astronaut Maryna Vasilevska. They were supposed to take off to the ISS from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, but their launch was canceled just a few seconds before it was supposed to take place.

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“Attention in the launch complex. There has been an automatic cancellation of the launch. Return the units of the launch complex to their original state,” the flight controller said in a live broadcast of the Russian space agency Roskosmos. Apart from the statement about “automatic” cancellation, however, Roskosmos did not immediately state what was the cause of the cancellation of the launch.

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) also announced the cancellation of the launch in its broadcast. He said it happened just 20 seconds before it was scheduled to take place, adding that the reason for the cancellation is still unknown.

NASA further reported that the “start of the engine sequence” did not go as expected, triggering the automatic safety system and interrupting the countdown. NASA added that the astronauts on board the ship are safe.

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The ISS is one of the few joint projects between the US and Russia that was preserved even after the outbreak of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Last December, the Russian and US space agencies agreed to extend joint flights to the ISS until 2025. Moscow, however, in July 2022 claimed to withdraw from the ISS project in 2024.

Russian cosmonauts are permanently on the space station and play a key role in its operation. Despite this, Moscow announced a plan to build its own space station and presents it as a priority.

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