Crewmembers of the Worldwide House Station will take a short spin in a Soyuz spacecraft as we speak (March 19), relocating it to make room for the arrival of one other Soyuz subsequent month. And you’ll watch the entire thing stay!
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and two Russian cosmonauts, Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, will undock the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft as we speak at 12:38 p.m EDT (1638 GMT), according to a statement from NASA. Reside protection will begin at 12:15 p.m. EDT (1615 GMT), and you can watch it live here at House.com, courtesy of NASA TV, or directly via the space agency.
The trio will climb contained in the Soyuz, undock it from the Earth-facing port of the station’s Rassvet module, which is primarily used for cargo storage and payload operations, after which fly it over to the space-facing Poisk port, the place the crew will redock the automobile at 1:07 p.m EDT (1707 GMT). The whole spaceflight will take roughly 30 minutes.
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This Soyuz maneuver is the primary relocation flight since August 2019, and the 15th Soyuz redocking effort total. The newly freed up Rassvet port will accommodate one other Soyuz, which is because of launch towards the orbiting lab on April 9.
That incoming spacecraft might be carrying NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, who may remain on the space station for up to a year, and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov.
Rubins, Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov will return to Earth shortly after the newcomers arrive, departing the orbiting lab on April 17. They are going to journey of their trusty Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft, which initially launched them to the space station in October 2020.
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