Russia’s Roscosmos space agency has dismissed claims that its three cosmonauts appeared to be wearing the colors of the Ukrainian flag as a possible statement against the ongoing war, according to a report by the BBC. The three cosmonauts Denis Mateev, Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Korsakov wore bright yellow and blue suits as they boarded the International Space Station on Friday.
Roskosmos was quick to dismiss any reports suggesting the cosmonauts were wearing the colors in solidarity with Ukraine. “Sometimes yellow is just yellow,” the agency wrote in a translated post on Telegram (above Space.com). “The design of the uniform was agreed upon well before the current events.” The post states that yellow and blue are the same colors in the emblem of Bauman Moscow State Technical University, the alma mater of all three cosmonauts. in the a separate post on TelegramRoscosmos shared a picture of Artemyev wearing a yellow suit during his first flight in 2014.
… а космонавтов-выпускников Бауманского университета заставим ни при каких обстоятельствах не носить цвета герба их альма-матер, то они глубоко ошибаются))) pic.twitter.com/E0MkcqdVIS
— РОГОЗИН (@Rogozin) March 19, 2022
Roskosmos boss Dmitry Rogozin also added that the three represent their university and not Ukraine. “Under no circumstances will we force cosmonaut graduates from Bauman University not to wear the colors of their alma mater’s coat of arms,” he said wrote on Twitter.
The cosmonauts did not give any meaning behind the colors during a livestreamed press conference after their arrival. Artemyev brushed off a question about the colors of their suits, jokingly saying, “It was our turn to choose a color. The truth is we had accumulated a lot of yellow stuff so we had to use it up.”
All three cosmonauts reached the ISS aboard the Soyuz MS-21 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They were warmly welcomed by their German, Russian and American crew members aboard the ISS, despite the tensions between Russia and other nations.
One of these crew members is American astronaut Mark Vande Hei. A Russian spacecraft is scheduled to return him to Earth on March 30, along with cosmonauts Pyotr Dubrov and Anton Shkaplerov. Russia says it will bring Vande Hei back as planneddespite reports to the contrary.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/20/22987541/russia-denies-reports-cosmonauts-wore-yellow-support-ukraine-invasion-roscosmos Russia denies cosmonauts wore yellow in support of Ukraine