Japan time July 29, 2021 22:29、International Space StationRussia’s new addition to the (ISS)Multi-purpose experimental module (MLM) “Nauka”Succeeded in docking to the Russian section of the ISS.
July 21From Baikonur Cosmodrome“Proton M”Nauka, which was launched using a rocket, gradually increased its altitude over eight days to rendezvous with the ISS while checking the condition in orbit.
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Nauka, who approached the ISS,July 26Docking room“Pirs” separatedService module that vacated space by doing“Zvezda”Head towards the docking port at the bottom (nadir side) and slowly approach following the guidance of the automatic docking system. On board the ISS, Russian astronauts were also prepared for remote docking using a manual system, but Nauka has succeeded in docking using an automated system.
Welcome to the space station, Nauka! The Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) successfully docked at 9:29 a.m. EDT. https://t.co/YmAVcYNc6G pic.twitter.com/WVzddwFsEw
— International Space Station (@Space_Station) July 29, 2021
▲ Tweet by ISS official Twitter account telling Nauka’s docking success ▲
On the other hand, there are problems with Nauka after docking.About 3 hours have passed since dockingJapan time July 30, 1:45, Nauka’s engineStart jetting unexpectedlyBy doingA situation occurs in which the attitude of the entire ISS is tiltedDid.This tilt is an unmanned supply ship docked in the Russian parcel“Progress MS-17”It has already been fixed using the engine of.
NASA is temporarily on the ISSLeft and right tilt(Roll angle)45 degrees off the original angleHowever, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)Akihiko Hoshide AstronautAnd staying on the ISSExpedition 65 65 Long-stay Crew No DangerIt is said. According to RIA Novosti, NASA’s International Space Station Program ManagerJoel MontalbanoCommented that no docking damage was found on the ISS.
Russian state space company Roscosmos to secure crew and ISS on July 30A series of steps related to Nauka’s propulsion systemIs being completed, and even on the same night of local time after the work is completedZvezda and Nauka hatches to be opened(If you proceed as planned, the hatch will probably already be open by the time this article is published).
In addition, Boeing’s new spacecraft scheduled for 3:53 on July 31, Japan time“Starliner (CST-100 Starliner)”Second unmanned orbital flight test by「OFT-2」Launch ofPostponed due to this situationit was done. The OFT-2 is also planned for the first docking with the ISS by Starliner. The launch of OFT-2Expected to be 2:20 on August 4, Japan time at the earliestis.
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Nauka, the new experimental building in the Russian section, supports scientific experiments onboard and outboard, and can put in and take out experimental equipment, etc.AirlockAnd developed in Europe“European Robotic Arm (ERA)”Equipped with. The inside of the ship will also be used as a resting place for astronauts, and a toilet, water reclamation system, and oxygen generator are also installed inside.In addition, Nauka controls the roll of the entire ISS and manned spacecraft.“Soyuz”And unmanned supply ship“progress”It also serves as a docking port for.
In addition, Roscosmos is a node module equipped with docking mechanisms in 6 locations.“Prichal”ofNovember 2021It is also planned to be launched into Nauka and docked with Nauka, a new Russian manned spacecraft with a view to lunar exploration.“Oryol”We are planning to expand the docking capacity of the ISS Russia area, including the response to.
Related: Separation of ISS module “Pierce”, re-entry into the atmosphere with unmanned supply ship
Image Credit: NASA/Roscosmos
Source: Roscosmos / NASA / RIA Novosti
Sentence / Takehiro Matsumura