Moscow — A Russian cargo ship with a new docking module successfully connected to the International Space Station on Friday after a two-day space trip.
A new spherical module named Purichar (Pia) docked with an orbiting outpost at 6:19 pm Moscow time (1519 Greenwich Mean Time). There are 6 docking ports, allowing future expansion of the Russian segment of the station.
The module is moored at the docking port of the new Russian Nauka (Science) Lab module.
On Wednesday, the Soyuz rocket took off from a Russian launch facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, carrying a Prichal-mounted progress cargo ship. After entering space, a cargo ship with modules went into orbit.
Progress has also delivered a variety of 700 kilometers of cargo to the space station and will undock it from the space station on December 22nd.
The first Soyuz spacecraft will be docked to the new module on March 18, 2022, with a crew of three astronauts, Oleg Artemiev, Dennis Matbeev, and Sergey Korsakov.
Earlier this week, the Russian crew at the station began training for the arrival of the module, simulating the use of manual control in the event of an automatic docking system failure.
The space outpost is currently operated by NASA astronauts Rajachari, Thomas Marshburn, Keila Baron, and Mark Vandehei. Russian astronauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov. Matthias Maurer of the European Space Agency.