Interview with Oleg Novitsky After His Spaceflight

Oleg Novitsky (Credit: Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — Two months ago, Oleg Novitsky returned from his third space flight to the ISS. The commander of the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft shared with the readers of the State Corporation Roscosmos magazine – Russian Space – his impressions of the expedition. It cannot be called boring in any way: three spacewalks, the meeting and integration of the new Science module and, of course, an amazing week and a half spent side by side with the world’s first film crew.

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Nauka Science Module Docks with International Space Station

Nauka module docked at the International Space Station. (Credit: Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — In accordance with the International Space Station flight program, today, July 29, 2021, at 16:29:06 Moscow time, the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module docked with the nadir docking port of the Zvezda service module of the ISS Russian segment. According to telemetry data and reports from the ISS crew, the on-board systems of the station and the “Nauka” module are functioning normally.

The multipurpose module “Nauka” was successfully launched into low-earth orbit on July 21, 2021 using a heavy launch vehicle “Proton-M”. After separating from the third stage, he was accepted for escort by the ground services of the TsNIIMash Mission Control Center near Moscow (part of the Roscosmos State Corporation), completed the construction of the required orientation, deployed solar panels and radio antennas, and then began an eight-day rendezvous program with the station.

At the autonomous rendezvous section, specialists from the Main Operational Control Group (LOCT, RSC Energia named after SP Korolev, part of Roscosmos) performed several firing of the module’s engines to raise and correct the orbit, as well as to enter the meeting area with the ISS at estimated time. The operations of flying around the station, hovering, docking and docking with the Zvezda service module were carried out under the supervision of LOCT specialists and Russian crew members of the long-term expedition ISS-65, Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Peter Dubrov. This docking was the first since 2010, when the small research module No. 1 “Rassvet” was docked to the station.

Within 1.5 hours after the completion of the docking, the cosmonauts will check the tightness of the docking connections and technological communications. At 18:15 Moscow time, it is planned to open the hatch of the transition compartment of the Zvezda module and in a few minutes more – the hatch of the new Russian module, as well as the entry of the crew into the living area of ​​the instrument-sealed compartment. The program of today’s work is limited to the installation of instruments for the analysis and purification of the atmosphere on board the arrived “Science”.

Controllers Make Another Orbital Correction for Nauka Module

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — On Tuesday, July 27, 2021, specialists of the flight control group of the multipurpose module “Nauka” at the Mission Control Center of TsNIIMash (part of the State Corporation “Roscosmos”) routinely carried out a corrective maneuver of the module launched last Wednesday to the International Space Station.

The next firing for further orbit alignment is scheduled for July 28th.

The day before, the Progress MS-16 cargo vehicle with the Pirs module of the ISS Russian segment undocked from the Zvezda module of the International Space Station. Last night, Flight Control Center specialists examined the docking station of the nadir port of the service module, where it is planned to dock the multipurpose laboratory module. As a result of the analysis, the absence of mechanical interference for the docking was stated. Thus, the readiness of the docking assemblies for the planned docking of Nauka has been confirmed, and an unscheduled spacewalk is not required.

Thanks to the cosmonauts of Roskosmos Oleg Novitsky and Peter Dubrov, we can see the undocking of the Pirs module from the International Space Station in 4K quality.

Roscosmos Pushes Back Pirs Module Undocking to Monday

The Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module undergoes final processing at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in preparation for its launch to the International Space Station on a Proton rocket. (Credits: Roscosmos)

Editor’s Note: The undocking of the Pirs module from the International Space Station had been scheduled for Friday to make way for the new Nauka science module. The delaty is due to problems with Nauka’s engines and docking system after launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome last week. Those issues have apparently been resolved.

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — Based on the results of an operational meeting of the control group at the Flight Control Center of TsNIIMash (part of the Roscosmos State Corporation), specialists, based on the data obtained from telemetry and based on the need to build optimal orbit conditions, decided to adjust the plans for undocking the Pirs module. These operations are currently scheduled for Monday 26 July 2021.

On Saturday, Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov closed the transfer hatches between the Pirs module and the Russian segment of the International Space Station, and checked them for leaks. The physical separation of the bundle from the Progress MS-16 cargo vehicle and the Pirs module from the ISS is tentatively scheduled at 13:56 Moscow time on July 26, and the fall of the fireproof structural elements of the module and the ship in the Pacific Ocean – at 17:51 Moscow time. the same day.

Now the Pirs docking module is docked to the nadir port of the Zvezda service module of the Russian segment of the station. It is planned that after undocking its place will be taken by the multipurpose laboratory module “Science”, which was launched on Wednesday from the Baikonur cosmodrome and is in autonomous flight.

On the eve of this event, the Aist-2D small Earth remote sensing spacecraft, developed at the Progress Rocket and Space Center (Samara, part of the Roscosmos State Corporation), photographed the International Space Station. RCC “Progress” is the operator of the satellite “Aist-2D”, providing control, reception, processing and distribution of the received information of remote sensing of the Earth.

Pirs Module Being Prepared for Undocking From the Space Station

Oleg Novitskiy in the Pirs module. (Credit: Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — The Russian crewmembers of the 65th long-term expedition to the International Space Station are preparing the Pirs module for undocking from the Russian segment of the ISS. Given that the Proton-M carrier rocket launches with the Nauka module on July 21, 2021, Pirs undocking is scheduled for July 23.

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Russia Schedules Launch of New Space Station Module for July 21

Fitting a radiator for the cooling system and installation of devices. (Credit: Yuzhny Space Center/Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — In accordance with the State Commission decision, the Proton-M carrier rocket with the new Nauka laboratory module is scheduled to launch from Site 200 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 21, 2021 at 14:58:21 UTC. Reserve dates: July 22 and 23. Its flight to the International Space Station will take 8 days, and docking to the nadir port of the Zvezda service module is scheduled for July 29, expected at 13:26 UTC.

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Russian Cosmonauts Patch Cracks in Space Station’s Zvezda Module

The International Space Station, photographed by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli following the undocking of his Soyuz-TMA on 23 May 2011. (Credit: ESA/NASA)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — Russian ISS-64 long-term expedition crewmembers have completed the repair works in the Zvezda service module of the Russian segment of the International Space Station.

According to RSC Energia press service, “the International Space Station crew has completed the repair works of the Zvezda module hull. In the coming days Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov will close the Zvezda module hatches to perform pressure level checks.”

All the works are conducted under the supervision of the ISS Russian Segment Chief Operation Control Group and RSC Energia specialists.

Currently, the 64th long-term expedition crew is working on board the International Space Station. The crew consists of Roscosmos cosmonauts Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov, as well as NASA astronauts Kathleen Rubins, Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi.

It Took Teamwork to Make It to 20 Years

NASA astronauts (left to right) Christina Koch and Jessica Meir harvested Mizuna mustard greens on Thanksgiving day in 2019 inside the ESA (European Space Agency) laboratory module’s VEGGIE facility. (Credits: NASA)

By Danielle Sempsrott
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Building the Team

For 20 consecutive years, NASA has been sending humans to low-Earth orbit to live and work aboard the International Space Station, a unique microgravity laboratory that’s making new discoveries to this day. The technology used for LASIK eye surgery, air purifiers, and robotic arms that assist in medical surgeries are just a few of the things we benefit from here on Earth thanks to science performed on the orbiting laboratory. However, getting the space station into orbit and maintaining it is one of humanity’s biggest challenges – one that required people from all over the world working together to make it possible.

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Crew Continues Troubleshooting as Tests Isolate Small Leak

International Space Station (Credit: NASA/Roscosmos)

HOUSTON (NASA PR) — Late Monday night, the Expedition 63 crew was awakened by flight controllers to continue troubleshooting a small leak on the International Space Station that appeared to grow in size. Ground analysis of the modules tested overnight have isolated the leak location to the main work area of the Zvezda Service Module. Additional work is underway to precisely locate the source of the leak.

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