Astronauts often make up an international “brotherhood” beyond the vagaries and geopolitical circumstances. We had once again proof of this state of affairs this Friday, March 18, when the Russians Denis Mateey, Oleg Artemyey and Sergey Korsakov joined the ISS a few hours after taking off from the Baikonur cosmodrome (Kazakhstan) aboard a Soyuz rocket. They were warmly welcomed by the crew, the Russians Piotr Doubrov and Anton Chkaplerov, the American astronaut Mark Vande Hei (who will return to Earth on March 30), as well as the astronauts Tom Marshburn, Raja Chari, Kayla Barron ( USA, NASA) and Matthias Maurer (Germany, ESA).
… а космонавтов-выпускников Бауманского университета заставим ни при каких обстоятельствах не носить цвета герба их альма-матер, то они глубоко ошибаются)))
— РОГОЗИН (@Rogozin)
Denis Mateey, Oleg Artemyey and Sergey Korsakov came through the hatch all dressed in yellow and blue jumpsuits, which was quickly interpreted on social media as a form of support for Ukraine. The assumption was benevolent, but it is false: these colors are in fact those of the Bauman State Technical University in Moscow, where the three Russian astronauts did their initial training. In fact, a photo taken recently inside the ISS clearly shows Oleg Artemyey dressed in a jumpsuit in the colors of Russia.