Three Russian cosmonauts arrived at the International Space Station last night for a six-month stay, according to the Times of London.
They wore uniforms "in the yellow and blue of the Ukrainian flag, which seemed to be a bold statement against the war."
Space.com he says:
Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, commander of Soyuz, was asked about the colors during an Internet launch ceremony by the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos. He replied (in Russian) that there was a surplus of yellow cloth in the warehouse, according to space explorer Katya Pavlushchenko, who posted a thread on Twitter.
However, not everyone believes this answer. Some who know the procedures of space flight seem to believe that it could be a sign of support for Ukraine, which has invaded officially Russia on February 24.
But there are other possible explanations for the color of the uniforms. For example, many people on Twitter report that the colors are close to the colors of Bauman Moscow State Technical University, which was attended by all three cosmonauts Artemyev, Matveev and Korsakov.
All this, of course, is speculation. All we have at the moment is Artemyev's answer. Hopefully some of the cosmonauts will give more details sometime in the future. None of the three newly arrived cosmonauts are from Ukraine, by the way.
Artemyev was born in present-day Latvia, Matveev is from St. Petersburg and Korsakov was born in Kyrgyzstan.
Next month, a SpaceX Dragon is expected to transport three millionaires to the Space Station for a week-long visit.
Updated: Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev later urged us not to look for secret signs in the color of Russian uniforms on the ISS.
"Color is only color. It has nothing to do with Ukraine. "Otherwise, you have to recognize the ownership of the yellow sun in the blue sky," Artemyev said.
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