ISS-66 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Tomas Pesquet

Flight engineers:
Petr Dubrov
Mark Vande Hei
Robert Shane Kimbrough
Megan McArthur
Akihiko Hoshide
Anton Shkaplerov



Nauka module is now a part of the ISS!

July 29, 2021

In accordance with the International Space Station mission plan, today, July 29, 2021, at 16:29:01 Moscow Time, the Multi-purpose Laboratory Module Nauka docked with the nadir docking port on Service Module Zvezda of the ISS Russian Segment. According to telemetry data and reports from the ISS crew, the on-board systems of the space station and Nauka module operate normally.

The multi-purpose laboratory module Nauka was successfully put into a low Earth orbit on July 21, 2021, using a Proton-M heavy launch vehicle. After separation from the third stage, the control over the module was assumed by the ground services at the Mission Control Center near Moscow belonging to TsNIIMash (which is a part of State Corporation Roscosmos), the module established the required attitude, deployed solar array panels and RF antennas, and proceeded with the eight-day program of the rendezvous with the space station.

During the autonomous rendezvous phase, specialists of the Lead Operations Control Team (LOCT, S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, which is a part of Roscosmos) executed several burns of the module thrusters to raise and correct its orbit and to assure its entry into the ISS rendezvous area at scheduled time. The operations of flying around the station, keeping station, final approach and docking with Zvezda Service Module were carried out under supervision of specialists from LOCT and Russian crew members of Expedition ISS-65, Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitski and Petr Dubrov. This was the first such docking since 2010, when the Mini Research Module No.1 Rassvet was added to the station.

Within 1.5 hours after completion of the docking the cosmonauts will check the docking interface and utility lines for leaks. Scheduled for 18:15 Moscow Time is the opening of the hatch in the Zvezda module transfer compartment, which will be followed in a few minutes by the opening of the hatch of the new Russian module and the crew ingress into the habitable area of the pressurized instrumentation compartment. Todays work schedule is limited to installation of instrumentation for analysis and cleaning of the atmosphere onboard the newly arrived Nauka module.




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