The International Space Station’s newly arrived 3 Russian cosmonauts came aboard wearing yellow flight suits with blue accents, echoing the color scheme of the Ukrainian flag. It’s a notable look given that Commander Oleg Artemyev had been seen wearing a blue flight suit during the docking process.
No one specifically said Ukraine, but the color choice is notable given that Artemyev, along with fellow cosmonauts Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov, is the first to come aboard the ISS since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. Artemyev explained after the boarding was concluded that each crew selects its own flight suit colors.
“It became our turn to pick a color,” he said (h/t Associated Press). “But in fact, we had accumulated a lot of yellow material so we needed to use it. So that’s why we had to wear yellow.”