Wednesday, a Russian astronaut handed over command of the space station and said that "conflict would cease worldwide."
to Samantha Cristoforetti, the first female European in control of the orbiting lab at this time.
The entire current Expedition 67 mission of the International Space Station (ISS) took place during Russia's invasion of Ukraine,
that started in February. Recent media reports indicate that, in response to persistent Ukrainian opposition, Russia is now turning to the recruitment of soldiers.
As the space station's numerous partners stress, Cristoforetti takes over.
Despite the conflict on earth, cooperation in space persists. (Remember that SpaceX is planning to launch Crew-5 to the ISS next week.
a Russian cosmonaut on board, marking a first for a privately crewed American