The only woman in the Russian cosmonaut corps, Anna Kikina, joined the crew for a flight to the ISS in 2022, RIA News reports with reference to a source in the rocket and space industry.
“Crews are scheduled for the flight in 2022. Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev, and Sergey Korsakov will be preparing for the flight in the spring. Sergey Prokopyev, Anna Kikina, and Dmitry Petelin should fly in the autumn,” the source told RIA News.
It is noted that Roscosmos CEO, Dmitry Rogozin, recently instructed the Cosmonaut Training Centre to include Kikina in one of the closest Soyuz crews for a flight to the ISS in 2022, although the female cosmonaut herself said that there is no exact information on her assignment to the crew yet.
It is also specified that Kikina was enrolled in the cosmonaut corps for the post of candidate test cosmonauts in 2012 having passed the first open selection. Prior to that, either military pilots or employees of the rocket and space industry were recruited into the detachment. In 2014, Kikina was enrolled in the cosmonaut corps after undergoing general space training and already in 2017, she took part in the SIRIUS international isolation experiment simulating a flight to the Moon.