An American and Russian cosmonauts arrive at the International Space Station | International Space Station

An American cosmonaut and two Russian cosmonauts have arrived safely at International Space Station (ISS) after taking off on a Russian flight in a rare case of cooperation between Moscow and Washington.

Russia’s space agency Roscosmos and NASA distributed live footage on Wednesday of the launch KazakhstanCommentators who spoke on the summary said the crew was “fine.”

NASA’s Frank Rubio, Russian Sergei Prokopyev and Dmitry Petlin formed the crew, which lifted off from the chartered Baikonur cosmodrome in Russia at 13:54 GMT.

The three will spend six months on the International Space Station with three other Russian cosmonauts, three American astronauts and one Italian.

NASA astronaut Frank Rubio (left) and Russian Space Agency cosmonauts, Sergei Prokopyev (center) and Dmitriy Petlin (right), walk to the Soyuz spacecraft. Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Associated Press

Rubio is the first American astronaut to travel to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket since Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops to the International Space Station. Ukraine On February 24. In response, Western capitals, including Washington, imposed unprecedented sanctions on Moscow, and bilateral relations plunged to new lows.

Space is the last remaining area of ​​cooperation between the United States and Russia. The only Russian cosmonaut, Anna Kikina, is expected to travel to the orbital station in early October aboard a SpaceX Dragon crew.

Kikina will become the fifth professional astronaut from Russia or the Soviet Union to go into space, and the first Russian to fly aboard a SpaceX, from billionaire Elon Musk’s company.

Russian cosmonauts and Western cosmonauts have sought to stay away from the raging conflict on Earth, especially when they are in orbit together.

In cooperation between the United States, Canada, Japan, the European Space Agency and Russia, the ISS is divided into two parts: the US orbital segment and the Russian orbital segment.

At present, the International Space Station relies on a Russian propulsion system to maintain its orbit, about 250 miles above sea level, with the American portion in charge of the electricity and life support systems.

Space tensions have risen since Washington announced sanctions on Moscow’s aerospace industry. Raises warnings from former Russian space chief Dmitry RogozinAn ardent supporter of the Ukraine war.

Rogozin’s recently appointed successor, Yuri Borisov, later confirmed Russia’s long-awaited move to leave the International Space Station after 2024 in favor of creating its own orbital station. US space agency, NASAHe described the decision as an “unfortunate development” that would impede scientific work on the International Space Station.

Space analysts say it could take more than a decade to build a new orbital station, and Russia’s space industry – a point of national pride – will not be able to thrive under heavy sanctions.

The International Space Station was launched in 1998 at a time of hope for cooperation between the United States and Russia after the competition of the space race during the Cold War.

In that era, the Soviet space program flourished. It achieved a number of accomplishments, including sending the first human into space in 1961 and launching the first satellite four years earlier.

Experts say that in recent years Roscosmos has suffered a series of setbacks, including corruption scandals and the loss of a number of satellites and other spacecraft.

Russia’s monopoly on manned flights to the International Space Station has also disappeared for many years, to SpaceX, along with millions of dollars in revenue.