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Russian Cosmonauts Enter Space Station Wearing Flight Suits with Colors Similar to Ukraine Flag

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
March 18, 2022
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Soyuz MS-21 crew members aboard the International Space Station. (Credit: Roscosmos webcast)

A three man crew of Russian cosmonauts entered the International Space station today wearing bright yellow flight suits with blue trim — colors very similar to those used on the flag of Ukraine, which Russia invaded last month.

Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev, and Sergey Korsakov arrived at the station on the Soyuz MS-21 spacecraft at 3:12 p.m. EDT. They were launched aboard a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

It’s possible they are protesting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to attack Ukraine. In which case, they are extremely brave. Or it might just be a giant coincidence. They might have chosen these colors — which have been used on the station before — months earlier.

The cosmonauts joined Expedition 66 Commander Anton Shkaplerov and cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov of Roscosmos, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, and Kayla Barron, and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer.

On March 30, a Soyuz spacecraft will return as scheduled carrying hkaplerov, Dubrov and Vande Hei back to Earth. Upon their return, Vande Hei will hold the American record for the longest single human spaceflight mission of 355 days.

12 responses to “Russian Cosmonauts Enter Space Station Wearing Flight Suits with Colors Similar to Ukraine Flag”

  1. Robert G. Oler says:

    all they were saying is “ukraine” is ours

    • ThomasLMatula says:

      Than the colors should be Red and Blue, the colors on the Ukraine flag from 1950-1992 when under Russian control. Blue and Yellow are the colors that have always been associated with Ukraine being independent of Russia.

  2. gunsandrockets says:

    Very mysterious.

  3. gunsandrockets says:

    Yeah, blue with yellow trim would look lot better!

  4. gunsandrockets says:

    Meanwhile, here is news of something incredibly stupid…


    Space Conference Censors Name of First Human in Space Because He Was Russian
    The silliest part? Yuri Gagarin is actually pretty popular in Ukraine.

  5. therealdmt says:

    Wow, brave if that’s what it means. And of course they didn’t sew those uniforms themselves, there’s multiple levels of support behind such a display.

    Perhaps the message is ambiguous enough to save them

  6. Robert G. Oler says:

    lol it is the colors of their university

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