For those who’ve began taking the Worldwide House Station as a right, these new photographs might function a tonic.
The 2 photographs, shared on Twitter Sept. 29 by cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, present the orbiting lab in all its complicated, multimodular glory.
The photographs had been taken Sept. 28 from a Russian Soyuz capsule, which Novitsky, fellow cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei were relocating from the station’s Earth-facing Rassvet module to the lively docking port of the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module.
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The trio made the transfer to create space for one more Soyuz capsule, which is scheduled to launch toward the orbiting lab on Tuesday (Oct. 5) with director Klim Shipenko, actor Yulia Peresild and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov on board. Shipenko and Peresild will movie a part of a Russian film referred to as “Problem” on the station, then return to Earth on Oct. 16 (Oct. 17 in Kazakhstan). (Shkaplerov will keep on the orbiting lab for the same old six-month stint.)
The station has seen different comings and goings just lately, as the 2 new photographs present. For instance, the long-awaited, oft-delayed Nauka module — seen on the “backside” of the station, pointing towards the viewer in every picture — arrived on the orbiting lab in late July, inflicting some unwelcome drama in the process.
And SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule “Endeavour,” which introduced 4 astronauts to the station in April on the corporate’s Crew-2 mission for NASA, is clearly seen in each photographs, sticking “up” from the Concord module’s zenith port. And in one of many footage, a part of a robotic SpaceX cargo Dragon will be seen behind Endeavour, docked at a distinct Concord port.
That cargo Dragon is now not a part of the International Space Station complicated; it got here again right down to Earth on Friday (Oct. 1), full of about 4,600 lbs. (2,100 kilograms) of scientific experiments and different gear. Endeavour will return comparatively quickly as properly; it is scheduled to carry NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japan’s Akihiko Hoshide and the European House Company’s Thomas Pesquet residence subsequent month.
That quartet is a part of a powerful carousel of off-Earth residing. The house station has hosted rotating crews of astronauts repeatedly since November 2000.
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