A Russian cargo ship departed the International Space Station early Thursday (Nov. 25) to make room for a new docking port that is already on its means to the orbiting laboratory.
The automated Progress 78 cargo ship, often known as Progress MS-17, undocked from Russia’s Nauka science module on the station at 6:22 a.m. EST (1122 GMT) and is doomed to a fiery disposal in Earth’s environment. Its departure clears the best way for the arrival of Prichal, a new Russian docking port module, that launched to the International Space Station on Wednesday (Nov. 24).
“The space station is ready to receive the Prichal module!” Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, the station’s commander, wrote on Twitter after undocking.
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The departure comes amid the U.S. Thanksgiving vacation in space, which the station’s seven-astronaut crew will rejoice with a particular turkey meal and possibly even a “turkey trot,” in accordance to their vacation video.
The Prichal module (it is identify is Russian for “pier”) is a 4-ton compartment bristling with six docking ports that can develop the space station’s liveable quantity by 494 cubic ft (14 cubic meters). It will use a type of docking ports to hyperlink up with the Nauka multipurpose laboratory on Friday (Nov. 26), leaving the opposite 5 out there for visiting Russian autos.
According to RussianSpaceInternet.com, Prichal can even be used for “testing architecture for potentially permanent settlements in space.” It is being delivered to the space station by a modified Progress spacecraft that can ultimately undock from Prichal for its personal disposal.
But earlier than Prichal can dock with the station, Progress 78 had to filter.
The @Space_Station is prepared to obtain the #Prichal module!The #ProgressMS17 undocked from the Nauka module, vacating the docking port for the Node Module. The Progress has eliminated a docking unit adapter, which ensured docking of Soyuz and Progress spacecraft with the Nauka. pic.twitter.com/R9JWpxuNFNNovember 25, 2021
Russia’s space company Roscosmos launched the Progress 78 cargo ship to the space station on June 29 and it arrived two days later. It delivered greater than 3,600 kilos (1,630 kilograms) of provides for the station’s astronaut crew.
With its mission at an finish, Progress 78 was anticipated to fritter away in Earth’s environment because it fell from space over the Pacific Ocean 4 hours after undocking, Roscosmos officers mentioned in an announcement.
The Prichal module will dock on the International Space Station Friday morning at 10:26 a.m. EST (1526 GMT). You can watch it dwell on-line, with NASA’s webcast starting at 9:30 a.m. EST (1430 GMT).