Portland, Oregon 2021-07-30 07:23:21 –
(AP) — The newly arrived Russian Institute of Science was temporarily knocked out of its location when the International Space Station accidentally fired a thruster on Thursday.
For 47 minutes, when the firing occurred hours after docking, the space station lost control of its orientation, pushing the orbiting complex out of its normal configuration. The location of the station is important for getting power from solar panels and communications. Communication with the ground controller was also lost twice in a few minutes.
According to NASA, the flight controller has regained control to correct the ship using thrusters of other Russian components at the station and is now stable and safe.
“We are unaware of the damage,” Space Station program manager Joel Montalbano said at a press conference late in the afternoon. “There was always no imminent risk to the crew.”
Montalbano said the crew did not actually feel any movement or shaking. According to NASA, the station is out of the 45 degree position, which is about one-eighth of the perfect circle. According to NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs, the complex was never spinning.
Kathy Lueders, NASA’s Head of Manned Space Flight, called it “a pretty exciting time.”
Due to this incident, NASA postponed a retest flight of Boeing’s crew capsules set for Friday afternoon from Florida. This is the second time Boeing has arrived at a 250-mile-high station before embarking an astronaut. A software problem failed the first test.
Eight days after being launched from a Russian launch facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Nauka, Russia’s long-delayed 22-ton (20-meter-ton) laboratory, arrived early Thursday.
The launch of multipurpose experiments to increase room for scientific experiments and crew space was repeatedly delayed due to technical issues. Initially it was planned to rise in 2007.
In 2013, experts discovered pollution in the fuel system, resulting in long and costly replacements. Other Nauka systems have also been modernized or repaired.
The 43-foot-long Nauka has become the first new compartment of the Russian segment of the outpost since 2010. On Monday, one of the old Russian units, the Pirs EVA compartment, was undocked from the station and a new lab.
Nauka will require a number of operations to prepare for operation, including up to 11 EVAs since early September.
The space station is currently operated by NASA astronauts Mark Vandehei, Shane Kimbro, and Megamma MacArthur. Russian Roscosmos space companies Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov. Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Astronaut Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency.
In 1998 Russia launched Zarya, the first compartment of the station, followed in 2000 by another large piece, Zvezda, followed by three smaller modules. The last Lasbet arrived at the station in 2010.
Russian space officials tweeted that Roscosmos director Dmitry Rogozin downplayed the incident: The crew is resting. That is also what I recommend to you. “
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