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A House Station crew takes the Soyuz capsule for the & # 39; s Sunday drive & # 39; to change parking areas

A Russian spacecraft Soyuz made a short rotation across the Worldwide House Station Sunday (August 25) to alter docking port, thus paving the best way for the arrival of one other spacecraft this week.

In what NASA has termed "Sunday stroll" in area, Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Skortsov manually piloted the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft to a brand new parking spot on the Poisk module positioned within the space. on the high of the station. The transfer releases the outdated docking port of the craft (on the rear finish of the station's Zvezda module) for an unmanned Soyuz who needed to abandon his personal try to rendezvous Saturday.

"We docked on the time," NASA spokesman Rob Navias mentioned in a reside commentary, as Skvortsov skilfully guided Soyuz MS-13 to his harbor. Docking of Poisk at 23:59. HAE (0359 Aug 26 GMT). The station sailed 418 kilometers (260 miles) above and east of Beijing on the rendezvous.

Video: Watch the abandonment of Soyuz docking because it occurred

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This NASA graphic exhibits the placement of the Soyuz MS-13 probe earlier than its "Sunday experience" to its new dwelling on the Worldwide House Station. Right here he’s proven parked on the rear finish of the Zvezda module, the place he initially docked with three members of the Expedition 60 crew on July 20th.

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Soyuz commander Alexander Skvortsov manually piloted the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft through the relocation of the berth. His teammates Andrew Morgan of NASA and Luca Parmitano of the European House Company have joined him. Right here, the Soyuz has simply left the station.

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The Soyuz MS-13, below the handbook management of Skvortsov, moved about 38 meters from the station to the brand new port.

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It took Skvortsov about 24 minutes to maneuver the Soyuz MS-13 between mooring ports. Right here, the spacecraft is proven after rolling into its new docking place.

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Skvortsov docked Soyuz MS-13 on the Poisk module on the high of the station at 23:59. EDT August 25 (0359 Aug 26 GMT). After solely hours of checking for leaks, the three males on board could be able to enter the area station.

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This NASA graph exhibits the ultimate location of the Soyuz MS-13 probe after the relocation flight of August 25, 2019.

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Skvortsov was joined on the 24-minute flight by teammates Andrew Morgan of NASA and Luca Parmitano of the European House Company. The trio arrived collectively on July 20 on Soyuz MS-13 and can use the spacecraft to return to Earth later this yr.

However Sunday's Soyuz flight was not only a stroll in area. It was important to launch the Zvezda mooring port in anticipation of the arrival of the brand new Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft on Monday (26 August).

Roscosmos, the Russian House Company, launched the unarmed Soyuz MS-14 on August 22 through the check flight of an improved Soyuz 2.1a rocket. The Soyuz needed to dock on the station's Poisk module early Saturday, however was deserted when its Kurs automated navigation system couldn’t lock itself on the dock.

Since then, the spacecraft has adopted a protected distance behind the area station, ready for its subsequent try at berthing.

Russian flight controllers suspect that a dangerous Kurs sign amplifier within the Poisk module, and never on the Soyuz, led to the stationary cease. As Soyuz, with out a pilot, had no human crew, nobody was on board to take handbook management of the mooring, as Skvortsov did on Sunday.

As a workaround, Russian flight controllers requested Skvortsov and his crewmembers to manually transfer the outdated Soyuz MS-13 to the Poisk module to permit Soyuz MS-14 to make an try. automated anchoring to the Zvezda module on Monday.

If all goes effectively, this mooring will happen Monday night at 11:12 .EDT (03:12 GMT). NASA will broadcast this reside docking station on NASA TV starting at 22:30. EDT (01:30 GMT). You may watch it reside right here, courtesy of NASA TV.

Though Soyuz MS-14 isn’t flown, it’s carrying a much-anticipated cargo to the Worldwide House Station.

The spaceship is full of 1450 kilos. (658 kilograms) of meals and different provides for the six members of the Expedition 60 crew of the area station. The probe additionally carries a humanoid robotic, known as Skybot F-850, to the station.

In pictures: Russia's humanoid robotic Skybot for area

The Russian House Company Roscosmos presents the Skybot F-850 humanoid robotic throughout trials on July 28, 2019 earlier than launching it on a Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft.

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Skybot is an instrumented robotic designed to measure the consequences of launch on the Soyuz 2.1a rocket as a way to expertise the expertise of a human crew. The robotic can even be utilized in a sequence of technological checks on the area station earlier than returning to Earth on Soyuz MS-14 in early September.

Cosmonauts Gennady Padalka, Mikhail Kornienko and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly flew their Soyuz from the Poisk module to Zvezda, the US House Station official mentioned.

Go to House.com to look at the Soyuz MS-14 dock on the Worldwide House Station, courtesy of NASA TV. The webcast will start Monday, August 26th at 10:30 pm EDT (0230 Aug 26 GMT).

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