September 30, 2022
In this frame grab from video provided by Roscosmos, Russian cosmonauts Sergey Korsakov, Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveyev are seen during a welcome ceremony after arriving at the International Space Station, Friday, March 18, 2022, the first new faces in space since the start of Russia's war in Ukraine.Roscosmos/AP

Much Ado About Yellow

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Russia space agency blasts western media reports.

Roscosmos the Russian space agency rejected western media claims that the Russian cosmonauts that arrived the International Space Station (ISS) wore yellow to support Ukraine Saturday.

On Friday, cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveyev and Sergey Korsakov lifted off from Russia’s Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz MS-21 spacecraft on Friday, and when the spacecraft docked at the ISS three hours later and they boarded, they were seen wearing flight suits in vivid yellow and blue.

Though blue is the accepted colour for space flight suits, the sight of the arriving cosmonauts decked in yellow sent western media into a frenzy. “Sometimes yellow is just yellow,” Roscosmos’s press service said on its Telegram channel. “The flight suits of the new crew are made in the colours of the emblem of the Bauman Moscow State Technical University, which all three cosmonauts graduated from … To see the Ukrainian flag everywhere and in everything is crazy.”

A check on the Bauman Moscow State Technical University website revealed that the university colours are indeed blue (#0057B8) and yellow (#FFD700). On Friday during a live streamed interview from the ISS cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, the mission commander, was questioned about the suits.

“Every crew picks a colour that looks different. It was our turn to pick a colour,” he said. “The truth is, we had accumulated a lot of yellow fabric, so we needed to use it up. That’s why we had to wear yellow flight suits.”

Artemyev was later quoted on the Roscosmos Telegram channel. as saying the suits had been made six months ago, and that the three cosmonauts had chosen the colours of their alma mater.

“Colour is just colour. It has nothing to do with Ukraine,” he said. “In these days, even though we are in space, we are together with our president and people!”

Roscosmos Director-General Dmitry Rogozin was more acidic on his personal Telegram channel saying he had no sympathy for Ukrainian nationalists.

Source Roscosmos Press Service

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