This notice was updated on July 15, 2021 to update Progress 77’s docking time, which is now set at 9:15 AM Eastern Time.
NASA will report in real time the launch of the new Russian science module and the automatic docking with the International Space Station, as well as the docking of another module that has been part of the orbital outpost for the past 20 years. NASA TV, NASA apps, and the agency’s website will provide live coverage of all events. The
unmanned multipurpose laboratory module (MLM), called Nauka, the word “science” in Russian, is scheduled to be launched at 10:58 am EST (7:58 pm Baikonur time) in the three-phase Proton The rocket Baikonur Cosmodrome is in Kazakhstan. The live report will start at 10:30 am.
Two days later, on Friday, July 23, the unmanned ISS Progress 77 spacecraft will be disconnected from the Russian part of the space station while being connected to the Pirs docking module. After connecting Pirs, Progress 77 plans to leave the pier at 9:15 a.m. The live report of the dock departure will begin at 8:45 a.m. A few hours later, Progress’s engines will fire during a derailment maneuver to deliver the freighter and Pirs. In the destructive return to Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean. NASA TV will not report on derailment and reentry.
After Nauka completes eight days of free flight to allow Russian flight controllers to evaluate her system, the 43-foot-long, 23-ton module will automatically connect to the port on the land-facing side of the Russian station. and it will be vacated. due to the departure of Pirs. The showdown is scheduled for 9:25 am on Thursday, July 29, and the live report will begin at 8:30 am.
Nauka will serve as a new science facility, docking port and airlock for the spacewalk for future operations. Since September 2001, Pierce has been part of the space station, serving as a docking port for visiting Russian spacecraft and an airlock for Russian spacewalks.
For more than 20 years, astronauts have been living and working on the space station, testing technology, conducting science, and developing the necessary skills to explore the farther earth. Through NASAs Artemis program, the agency will send the first woman and the first person of color to the surface of the moon, and eventually expand human exploration to Mars. Inspire the next generation of explorers, the Artemis generation, to ensure that the United States will continue to lead space exploration and discovery.

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