Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsAstronomy & Space · 4 weeks ago

Why has Russia started arming their cosmonauts going to the ISS from now on?

8 Answers

  • 4 weeks ago

    Because phasers don’t exist yet 

  • Joseph
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Actually, a gun is part of the cosmonauts' survival kit.  The cosmonauts on early flights carried a standard issue 9mm pistol, but in March 1965 the Voskhod 2 capsule overshot its landing zone and landed deep in the taiga of the Ural Mountains where the crew spent an uncomfortable cold night.  The recovery teams reached the crew by skis the next.  

    The advance team then chopped the trees and built a shelter and a large fire.  The next day the cosmonauts and recovery team skied several kilometers to a waiting rescue helicopter.  In March the bears waking up from their winter hibernation and are particularly aggressive.  Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov felt that the 9mm pistol would be insufficient to defend against a hungry bear.  

    This led to development of TP-82 Cosmonaut Survival Pistol.  The pistol had two barrels, it fired 40 gauge shotgun shells from the upper barrel and 5.45 mm rounds  from the lower.  The TP-82 also had a detachable buttstock that also doubled as a machete.

    In 2007 the use of TP-82 was discontinued when its ammunition became unusable and a regular military pistol was substituted in its place.   

  • Robert
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    They want to be able to defend the ISS modules that they paid for.   That way if they have some conflict with other "astronauts" , they can tell them to stay out of Russian modules. 

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    When someone makes this kind of claim, they have proof.

    I don't see a link to a verified news article.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    So comrade Rogers can try out his new ray gun.

  • 4 weeks ago

    That is all horseshit and fake news. Back in the 60s single cosmonaut carried a gun.

    Reason, to commit suicide if the reentry landed him in the boonies weeks from rescue. No food, no heat and coming down in the frozen Siberia.

    Haven't been armed since.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Standard practice since the 60’s... it’s not to defend themselves on board their spacecraft, it’s to ward off bears if they land off-target... it was a problem when returning vehicles landed far from the rescue crews...

    Here’s what they carry:

  • Source? I didn't think so.

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