Had NASA inquired earlier, astronaut Frank Rubio may have declined the opportunity to spend a complete year on the International Space Station. However, due to complications with their Soyuz ferry ship, his crew was forced to prolong their initial six-month mission to a full 12 months.
Rubio stated to reporters on Tuesday that if he had been asked beforehand about training for a year or two for his mission, he would have likely said no. He and his two Soyuz crewmates are set to return to Earth in eight days. The rejection would have been difficult, but he would have declined nonetheless.
He mentioned that the reason for this was solely due to his family and their circumstances throughout the previous year. He then added that if he had been aware of the significance of those events, he would have politely declined.