國際時事跟讀 Ep.K660: International Cooperation in Space: US Astronaut and Russian Cosmonauts Dock with ISS
- International Unity in Space: The successful docking of a US astronaut and Russian cosmonauts at the ISS underscores how space exploration promotes international collaboration, transcending geopolitical tensions on Earth.
- Cosmic Camaraderie: In space, astronauts and cosmonauts demonstrate a unique bond, taking care of each other regardless of their national backgrounds, emphasizing the importance of cooperation beyond our planet.
- Space Diplomacy and Expanding Partnerships: While Earth faces political challenges, Russian President Vladimir Putin explores space cooperation with China, showcasing the potential for diplomacy and collaboration beyond our planet's boundaries.
In a remarkable display of international cooperation, two Russian cosmonauts and a US astronaut successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, despite heightened tensions between Moscow and Washington due to the Ukraine conflict. The journey commenced when Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub, along with NASA astronaut Loral O'Hara, lifted off from Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome aboard the Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft.
儘管莫斯科與華盛頓之間的緊張局勢因為烏克蘭衝突而加劇，但兩名俄羅斯太空人和一名美國太空人成功對接國際太空站（ISS）的一刻仍展示了令人驚嘆的國際合作。此次旅程開始於俄羅斯航太（Roscosmos）太空人奧列格·科諾年科（Oleg Kononenko）和尼古拉·喬布（Nikolai Chub）以及美國國家航空暨太空總署（NASA）太空人羅勒·奧哈拉（Loral O'Hara）在哈薩克的拜科努爾太空發射場搭乘聯盟MS-24號太空船升空。
Just three hours later, the crew safely arrived at the ISS, where they joined three Russians, two Americans, a Japanese astronaut, and a representative from the European Space Agency. This collaborative effort stands in stark contrast to the deteriorating US-Russia relations triggered by Moscow's actions in Ukraine last year.
During a preflight press conference, Oleg Kononenko emphasized the unique camaraderie experienced in space, stating, "unlike on Earth," cosmonauts and astronauts genuinely look out for each other. He highlighted the strong bonds formed in space, where communication is essential, saying, "We hear each other there, and we understand each other, and we are very sensitive to our relationships. We always take care of each other."
Loral O'Hara also praised the ISS for its role in fostering cooperation among nations, describing it as a legacy that brings countries together. She expressed her excitement about joining the waiting crewmates aboard the station.
While Kononenko, aged 59, and Chub, aged 39, were scheduled for a year-long stay on the ISS, O'Hara, aged 40, was planned to spend six months in space. This mission marked the first journey into space for both O'Hara and Chub, with Chub revealing that traveling to space had been his lifelong dream.
The trio succeeded Russian cosmonauts Dmitry Petelin and Sergey Prokopyev, as well as NASA astronaut Frank Rubio, who had spent a year aboard the ISS. Their return, initially scheduled for March, had to be extended due to damage to their vessel, the Soyuz MS-22, caused by a suspected tiny meteoroid, resulting in a coolant leak. They are set to return to Earth on the Soyuz MS-23, according to Roscosmos.
Despite the ongoing challenges and tensions on Earth, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been exploring opportunities to strengthen space cooperation with China. This comes as Western nations continue to condemn and impose sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine. Recently, Putin hosted North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at Russia's Vostochny Cosmodrome to discuss the possibility of sending a North Korean into space, further demonstrating the international nature of space exploration.
Keyword Drills 關鍵字：
- Cosmonaut (Cos-mo-naut): The trio succeeded Russian cosmonauts Dmitry Petelin and Sergey Prokopyev, as well as NASA astronaut Frank Rubio, who had spent a year aboard the ISS.
- Astronaut (As-tro-naut): The trio succeeded Russian cosmonauts Dmitry Petelin and Sergey Prokopyev, as well as NASA astronaut Frank Rubio, who had spent a year aboard the ISS.
- Camaraderie (Ca-ma-ra-der-ie): Oleg Kononenko emphasized the unique camaraderie experienced in space.
- Diplomacy (Dip-lo-ma-cy): Showcasing the potential for diplomacy and collaboration beyond our planet's boundaries.
- Geopolitical (Geo-po-lit-i-cal): Space exploration promotes international collaboration, transcending geopolitical tensions on Earth.
Reference article: https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2023/09/17/2003806379