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US Still Interested in Possibility of Having Astronauts Fly on Board Soyuz, Roscosmos Says

© Sputnik / Press office of Roscosmos / Go to the photo bankLaunch of the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with the Fregat upper stage and 36 new OneWeb spacecraft as part of mission 47 from the Vostochny cosmodrome.
Launch of the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with the Fregat upper stage and 36 new OneWeb spacecraft as part of mission 47 from the Vostochny cosmodrome. - Sputnik International, 1920, 23.08.2021
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United States may purchase a seat on the Russian Soyuz in the spring of next year, as a precaution, in case of any issues with commercial US spacecraft, Roscosmos Deputy Director General for International Cooperation Sergey Saveliev told Sputnik.
"The Americans are leaving this opportunity [acquiring a Soyuz seat in the spring of 2022] as an option, counting on help and assistance from Russia, but I can’t say anything more particular yet," Saveliev said.
In June, a space industry source told Sputnik that NASA could purchase a Soyuz seat to send an astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS) in the spring of 2022.
In April, a Soyuz spacecraft brought two Russian cosmonauts - Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov - and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei to the ISS.
Since 2006, the US has purchased over 70 seats on board Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft.
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