Last week, the International Space Station welcomed a new laboratory module built by Russia. It was docked on Thursday, but later “inadvertently and unexpectedly”. That was a concerning event, but all is well in orbit now and we have our first look inside the troublemaker module.
Roscosmos Cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy posted a video on Friday taking a look inside Nauka, which will be used as a science lab, a docking port for spacecraft and an airlock for spacewalking cosmonauts.
Novitskiy and cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov, who appear in the video, are two of the seven crew members currently on the ISS. There are also representatives from NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Japanese space agency JAXA.
Nauka’s thruster problem pushed back theto the ISS. A Roscosmos statement pointed to a “short-term software glitch” as the reason for the thrusters incident. Thrusters located in other parts of the station helped correct the problem.
The opening of the hatch and the tour are a sign that it is back to business as usual on the ISS after last week’s dramatic incident.
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