After a difficult docking, Russia’s Nauka module goes haywire on the International Space Station.
The International Space Station (ISS) has regained control after Russia’s newly docked Nauka module fired its thrusters unexpectedly, causing the station to wobble in orbit.
Eight days after launching from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome, the uncrewed Nauka module docked to the Russian section of the space station on Thursday, July 29. At 2.29pm BST, the Russian word for “science,” Nauka, was docked (9.29am EDT). When Nauka’s thrusters unexpectedly ignited at 5.45pm BST (12.45pm EDT), cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov went to the space station’s Zvezda module to open the hatches between the two.
The event, which NASA described as “unplanned,” led the space station to lose attitude control for a brief period of time.
NASA confirmed that the thrusters shifted the space station 45 degrees out of alignment.
Another spacecraft docked to the orbiting lab was briefly activated to prevent the ISS from being pushed off course.
The ISS now has four spacecraft connected to it: SpaceX’s Crew-2 Dragon, Russia’s Soyuz MS-18, and the Progress 78 freight ship.
Since then, ground control personnel have certified that control of the ISS has been restored and that the space station is stable.
The International Space Station (ISS) circles the globe at a speed of over 17,000 miles per hour, orbiting at an altitude of around 253 miles (408 kilometers).
“The crew was never in any danger, and flight controllers at Mission Control Houston are monitoring the status of the space station,” NASA’s Norah Moran said.
“@Space Station crew members are safe and will cancel their plans for today in order to focus on recovery efforts following the unanticipated loss of attitude caused by the Russian Nauka module’s thrusters firing,” NASA wrote on Twitter.
“The station is in fine shape and has regained attitude control.”
Thankfully, according to Russian space writer Anatoly Zak, Nauka has used up all of its remaining fuel, ruling out another battle with the ISS.
Russia’s most recent contribution to the international space laboratory is Nauka.
Nauka, which is officially known as a Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM), will function as a science research hub for the Russian part of the International Space Station.
After performing a series of correction burns on its journey to the space station, Nauka docked to the ISS.
The module “executed numerous firings of the module’s engines to elevate and correct,” according to Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos. Brinkwire Summary News