On Tuesday morning, the Soyuz MS-22 crew ship was unloaded from the International Space Station for Earth without a crew aboard.
What happened to the Soyuz MS 22 spacecraft unloaded from the Space Station at 5: 57 a.m. EDT, NASA said in a statement. The passengerless vehicle will arrive in Kazakhstan less than two hours later at 7: 45 a.m.
On September 21st, NASA astronaut Frank Rubio and Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin arrived aboard the Soyuz space station. Now that the spacecraft has left, the three will continue their stay in space for a yearlong mission.
The trio is expected to return to Earth aboard the Soyuz MS 23 crew ship in September.
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Expedition 69 started with the undocking at the space station. Sergey Prokopyev is the station commander for the crew.
The crew consists of NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen, Woody Hoburg and Frank Rubio, UAE United Arab Emirates astronaut Sultan Alneyadi and Roscosmos cosmonauts Andrey Fedyaev and Dmitri Petelin.
An external coolant leak was reported on the Soyuz MS-22 crew ship in December, making the spacecraft's nickname leaky Soyuz At the time of the leak, Roscosmos cosmonauts were preparing to conduct a spacewalk that was then postponed.