June 16, 2024

Russian cargo ship departs space station to make room for new docking module

A Russian freight ship left the International Space Station early Thursday (Nov. 25) to make space for a brand-new docking port thats already on its way to the orbiting lab. The automated Progress 78 freight ship, also understood as Progress MS-17, undocked from Russias Nauka science module on the station at 6:22 a.m. EST (1122 GMT) and is destined a fiery disposal in Earths environment. Its departure clears the way for the arrival of Prichal, a new Russian docking port module, that launched to the International Space Station on Wednesday (Nov. 24). ” The spaceport station is ready to receive the Prichal module!” Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, the stations commander, wrote on Twitter after undocking. Related: Space Stations Robotic Cargo Ship Fleet (A Photo Guide) The departure comes amidst the U.S. Thanksgiving vacation in space, which the stations seven-astronaut team will celebrate with a special turkey meal and perhaps even a “turkey trot,” according to their holiday video.The Prichal module (its name is Russian for “pier”) is a 4-ton compartment bristling with 6 docking ports that will broaden the area stations habitable volume by 494 cubic feet (14 cubic meters). It will utilize among those docking ports to link with the Nauka multipurpose lab on Friday (Nov. 26), leaving the other five available for visiting Russian cars. The Russian Prichal Node Module and its attached Progress M-UM propulsion phase undergo final processing at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan prior to its launch on Nov. 24. (Image credit: Roscosmos) According to RussianSpaceWeb.com, Prichal will also be utilized for “screening architecture for potentially permanent settlements in area.” It is being delivered to the area station by a modified Progress spacecraft that will ultimately undock from Prichal for its own disposal.But prior to Prichal can dock with the station, Progress 78 had to clean out. The @Space_Station is all set to receive the #Prichal module!The #ProgressMS 17 undocked from the Nauka module, leaving 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, 2021See moreRussias space company Roscosmos launched the Progress 78 cargo ship to the area station on June 29 and it arrived two days later. It provided more than 3,600 pounds (1,630 kgs) of supplies for the stations astronaut team. With its objective at an end, Progress 78 was expected to burn up in Earths environment as it fell from space over the Pacific Ocean 4 hours after undocking, Roscosmos authorities stated in a statement.The Prichal module will dock at the International Space Station Friday early morning at 10:26 a.m. EST (1526 GMT). You can enjoy it live online, with NASAs webcast beginning at 9:30 a.m. EST (1430 GMT). Email Tariq Malik at [email protected] or follow him @tariqjmalik. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook and Instagram..

The automated Progress 78 freight ship, also known as Progress MS-17, undocked from Russias Nauka science module on the station at 6:22 a.m. EST (1122 GMT) and is doomed to a fiery disposal in Earths environment. Related: Space Stations Robotic Cargo Ship Fleet (A Photo Guide) The departure comes in the middle of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday in space, which the stations seven-astronaut crew will commemorate with an unique turkey meal and maybe even a “turkey trot,” according to their holiday video.The Prichal module (its name is Russian for “pier”) is a 4-ton compartment bristling with 6 docking ports that will expand the area stations habitable volume by 494 cubic feet (14 cubic meters). With its mission at an end, Progress 78 was anticipated to burn up in Earths environment as it fell from area over the Pacific Ocean four hours after undocking, Roscosmos officials stated in a statement.The Prichal module will dock at the International Space Station Friday early morning at 10:26 a.m. EST (1526 GMT).