The color of the suits of three Russian passengers who arrived at the International Space Center (ISS) on Friday surprised people. The cosmonauts were wearing yellow and blue suits, which resemble the Ukrainian flag. It was the first Russian crew to step into the space station since the start of the war with Ukraine last month.
Russian Cosmonauts Arrived at the ISS in Suits that Matched the Ukrainian Flag
Three astronauts from the Russian space agency Roskosmos, Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveyev, and Sergei Korsakov took off from the Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan on a Soyuz MS-21 leased by Russia at 8.55 pm on Friday. After about three hours, the three passengers went to reach the ISS. There are already two Russians, four Americans, and one German passenger.
A video of Artemyev entering the ISS from the Soyuz MS-21 vehicle has surfaced, in which he is seen wearing a spacesuit with blue and yellow stripes. However, it is not clear what message Russia wanted to convey to the astronauts by wearing space suits resembling the Ukrainian flag.
When asked about the suit worn by the family on Earth, Artemyev replied that the color is chosen by every crew that goes to space. He explained, “Our turn it was to choose the color.” There was a lot of yellow stuff around. I chose yellow. The yellow suit had to be worn.
Many people have been wearing clothes similar to the Ukrainian flag to show their support for Ukraine since the war. Many space flights and agreements have had to be canceled due to the war. Due to the tension between the US and Russia, the possibility of the ISS project being affected increased, although this problem was resolved through talks.