Ground specialists allowed Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky to open the hatch to the “Science” module, follows from the negotiations of the International Space Station (ISS) crew with the Earth, which are broadcast on Friday, July 30, NASA…
“There is permission to open the hatch,” said a spokesman for the Mission Control Center (MCC).
On July 29, Nauka docked to the ISS, after which it became known about the unplanned engines of the module. After a while, they were turned off.
To eliminate the loss of orientation of the ISS, it was necessary to turn on the engines of the Zvezda module and the Progress MS-17 cargo vehicle docked to the Poisk module.
Roscosmos commented on the incident, specifying that work on transferring Nauka from flight mode to “docked with the ISS” mode continues.
On July 30, the state corporation clarified that specialists are already completing a set of procedures with the engines of the Nauka module in the interests of ensuring the safety of both the ISS and the entire crew.
At the same time, the head of the ISS program at NASA, Joel Montalbano, said that Russia would lead the investigation of the situation with “Science” on the ISS, and American engineers would also take part in it.
On July 21, the Nauka module was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on a Proton-M rocket and launched into near-earth orbit. On July 26, Russia undocked the Pirs module from the Zvezda module on the ISS to make room for Nauka.