Russian cargo spacecraft without crew arrived at International space station after a two-day journey to deliver food, fuel and supplies for the crew of the orbital outpost.
The Progress MS-17 spacecraft connected to the Poisk mini-research module on the open side of the station’s Russian segment on Thursday (July 1). Automatic docking occurred at 20:59 ET (00:59 GMT on July 2).
Launched on Tuesday (June 29) from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Progress MS-17 spacecraft made 34 orbits around the Earth on its way to the space station. During the meeting, it was assumed that the ship would be in close proximity to two pieces of SpaceX equipment.
Connected: How Russian Progress cargo ships work (infographic)
“Information shows that a Starlink satellite system spacecraft and a fragment of a Falcon 9 rocket [are] the rendezvous with the Progress MS-17 spacecraft is expected on July 1, ”said Roskosmos, announced in the June 30th issuee…
The dispatchers monitored the situation, but no maneuvers were required to avoid a collision. Starlink It is estimated that the satellite will fly about 1 mile (1.6 km) and the rocket fragment will pass at an altitude of about 1600 feet (500 meters). The two meetings took place three minutes apart.
The packaged Progress MS-17 weighs over 3,600 pounds. (1,630 kg) supplies for the Space Station Expedition 65 crew, including Commander Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and flight engineers Mark Vande Hey, Shane Kimbrough and Megan MacArthur of NASA, Thomas Pesce of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Oleg Novitsky and Peter Dubrov from Roscosmos.
Among the unpacked cargo are Russian scientific experiments aimed at developing measures to counter bone (bone) damage and studying the effect of long-term space flights on the activities of cosmonauts. Research is also underway on pharmaceuticals to modulate the human immune system and equipment for mapping the global structure. space weather and meteorological processes from orbit.
Progress MS-17 will spend almost five months in docking with Poisk at the station. The cargo ship is then to perform automatic undocking and redeployment to the new multipurpose laboratory module “Science” at the end of October. Named from the Russian word for “science”, “Science” is due to be launched into the space station this summer.
After changing ports and repacking debris from the space station, Progress MS-17 will undock in November and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere for its safe destruction.
Progress MS-17 is the 78th Russian cargo spacecraft launched to the International Space Station since August 2000.
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Robert Pearlman is a journalist and space historian.
Its original website, Ask an Astronaut, predates NASA’s efforts to connect the public with the men and women who have flown into space. Later, as Director of Online Programs for the National Space Society, Pearlman oversaw the redesign and expansion of the organization’s online resources and website, including the creation of an educational viewer guide for the award-winning HBO miniseries “From Earth to the Moon” by Tom Hanks. “
In 1997, Buzz Aldrin hired Pearlman to design the first Apollo astronaut website. And in 1999, Pearlman co-founded astronaut-sponsored Starport.com, which was later acquired by Space.com. Pearlman was then hired by Space.com to manage the site’s community projects.
Between 1998 and 2003, Pearlman hosted a live online broadcast of National Space Day at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
In 1996, Perlman was hired by space tourism firm Space Adventures as its first director of marketing and advertising.
Today Pearlman is the editor of collectSPACE.
Pearlman is a Space.com writer, a member of the board of directors for For All Moonkind, a member of the American Astronautical Society’s history committee, and an advisor to The Mars Generation.
He is the co-author of Space Stations: The Art, Science and Reality of Working in Space, published October 30, 2018 by Smithsonian Books.
He worked as a technical consultant on the 2013 film Space Warriors with Mira Sorvino and Danny Glover and in Damien Chazelle’s 2018 film The First Man with Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy. He worked as a historical consultant on Todd Douglas Miller’s 2019 documentary Apollo 11.
Pearlman also acted as a commentator:
- Strange inheritance (Fox Business Network)
- American Recovery (History Channel)
- American Pickers (History Channel)
- Museum Secrets (Travel Channel)
- The Lost Story of Brad Meltzer (H2)
- Ancient Aliens (History Channel)
- Unexplained NASA Files (Science Channel)
Pearlman previously served on the board of the National Space Society and the American Space Walk of Fame Foundation. He is also the former National Chair of the Department of Students in Space Exploration and Exploration.
In 2001, his work on collectSPACE earned Pearlman the Collector of the Year award from the Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC).
In 2009, Perlman was inducted into the Space Camp Hall of Fame.