On Monday (July 26), astronauts mentioned goodbye to a cornerstone of the International Space Station and captured gorgeous pictures of the compartment burning up in Earth’s ambiance.
A Russian Progress cargo automobile towed the module, known as Pirs, away from the area station and down by means of Earth’s atmosphere to make sure the module burned up utterly and scale back the chances of any massive chunks making it to Earth’s floor.
“Fairly an odd feeling to see part of your ship fly away in mid-air (so to talk — no ambiance right here duh),” European House Company astronaut Thomas Pesquet wrote in a statement shared with the pictures on Monday.
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“We clearly noticed smaller items float away from the primary fireworks, because the ship was being destructed by the warmth of atmospheric friction,” Pesquet added. “Fairly the present!”
Russia had launched its Pirs module in 2001; since then, the module, which served as a port to the area station, hosted greater than 70 totally different capsules and supported Russian cosmonauts conducting extravehicular actions, or spacewalks.
To make room for Russia’s new science module, dubbed Nauka, which launched on July 21 and can arrive on the station on Thursday (July 29), Pirs needed to go. Yesterday’s fiery retirement ceremony marks the primary time a serious part of the Worldwide House Station has been discarded.
The connected Progress automobile, which had arrived on the area station in February, managed Pirs’ re-entry to make sure that the module was destroyed as completely as potential.
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