British astrophotographer captures stunning views of Russia’s largest structure International space station however, the Science module is only a few hours after it put into orbit Wednesday (July 21).
Martin Lewis posting his images on the site Skyinspector.co.uk, took the picture shortly after 21:00 UTC (17:00 EDT) on Wednesday (21 July) from his backyard in St Albans, about 20 miles (35 km) north of London, using his homemade 222- mm of the Dobson telescope.
Lewis told Space.com that he was preparing to photograph the passing International Space Station (ISS) that day and was alerted to the passage of Science. also known as the Multipurpose Research Module, by another astrophotographer only at about 20:00 UTC (16:00 EDT). Observers originally expected the module, which had lifted off the Baikonur cosmodrome just five hours earlier, to fly over their location about seven minutes after the space station. However, they were caught off guard when the module appeared at the top just two minutes after the station.
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“I have installed [the telescope] with a 2.7x Barlow lens and 642nm filter with a fast ASI174MM digital video camera with large chips, Lewis told Space.com in an email. telescope and holding the ISS on the cross wires of the finder. It was only after I finished recording on the ISS that I realized how close the Nauka module was.
Lewis said that he only managed to shoot “19 good video frames” of Science, as he was slightly “panicked” due to lack of time to prepare.
While Lewis struggled to get his pictures, the Nauka ground control teams with the Russian space agency Roscosmos were obviously fighting a more serious battle, as soon after the module separated from the Proton-M rocket, some of its communication and propulsion systems systems did not work right. In the end, the engineers managed to fix the problem by starting the ascent of Nauka to the orbital outpost with a slight delay.
Roscosmos issued a statement on Thursday (July 22), roughly 24 hours after the launch of Nauka and after much Twitter speculation among space fans, the space station module successfully launched its engines and performed two orbital correction maneuvers.
The statement also said that the Pirs docking module, which now occupies the Science slot on the space station, would undock and decommission on Saturday (July 24), but this was delayed until Sunday as efforts continue at Science. troubleshooting guide. The undocking was originally scheduled for Friday. Nauka is currently expected to dock at the former location of the Pier in the Earth-facing port of the Russian-built Zvezda service module on July 29.
Science, which is still Russia’s largest contribution to the International Space Station, was conceived back in the 1990s and has remained on earth for nearly two decades, becoming obsolete. The module was originally expected to launch in 2007. However, due to a number of technical problems, the delay was 14 years.
The 13-meter module “Science” – its name in Russian means “science” – weighs almost 23 tons (21 tons) and is 14 feet (4.3 m) wide. However, this is more than just a new research hall for the space station.
Science will add a new space toilet for the station’s crew, additional crew quarters for the Russian cosmonaut, a new oxygen regeneration system and a system for converting urine into drinking water. The module will also provide European robotic arm, a 36 ft (11 m) extension for the station, built by the European Space Agency. It is the first robotic arm specially designed to operate on the Russian segment of the International Space Station.
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