He returned to Earth just three weeks ago.
Hit or Miss
Russian space agency Roscosmos has confirmed that one of its cosmonauts hit an elderly colleague with his car — mere weeks after returning from the International Space Station.
Per a Roscosmos statement, cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev "knocked down" a 63-year-old man, who, according to a translation of the official statement, was an employee of the Cosmonaut Training Center where Artemyev is also employed.
The man was "hospitalized with fractures" after the incident. The news was later confirmed by the Associated Press.
It's still unclear if Artemyev's recent return journey from the ISS played a factor. As Space.com reports, recent studies have shown that returning from space can impact an astronaut's ability to drive a car.
According to Roscosmos, "the accident occurred in conditions of limited visibility on a poorly lit road outside the pedestrian crossing zone," and that the cosmonaut didn't notice that the older man was crossing the street.
The 51-year-old cosmonaut was sober at the time and administered first aid to the man before calling an ambulance.
Roscosmos will "provide all necessary assistance to the family and the victim himself," according to the statement.
Artemyev assumed commandership of the ISS back in May 2022 and spent the next 195 days on board the station.
So far, he has spent 561 days in space over three missions.
The cosmonaut has yet to post any statements of his own, so until either he or the victim comes forward, we'll have to take Roscosmos' word.
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