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New Russian module docks with International Space Station | World News

A Russian cargo craft carrying a brand new docking module efficiently attached with the International Space Station Friday after a two-day house journey.

The new spherical module, named Prichal (Pier), docked with the orbiting outpost at 6:19 p.m. Moscow time (1519 GMT). It has six docking ports and can permit potential future enlargement of the Russian phase of the station.

The module has moored to the docking port of the brand new Russian Nauka (Science) laboratory module.

On Wednesday, a Soyuz rocket took off from the Russian launch facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, carrying the Progress cargo ship with Prichal connected to it. After coming into house, the cargo ship with the module went into orbit.

Progress can be delivering 700 kilos of assorted cargoes to the house station and is anticipated to undock from the station on Dec. 22.

The first Soyuz spacecraft is anticipated to dock on the new module on March 18, 2022, with a crew of three cosmonauts: Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev and Sergei Korsakov.

Earlier this week, the Russian crew on the station began coaching for the module’s arrival, simulating the usage of handbook controls in case the automated docking system failed.

The house outpost is at the moment operated by NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, Kayla Barron, and Mark Vande Hei; Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov; and Matthias Maurer of the European Space Agency.

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