Astronaut Thomas Pesquet has given a tour of the newest module to reach on the Worldwide Area Station (ISS).
Russia’s Nauka Multipurpose Logistics Module (MLM) hit the headlines in July when its thrusters unexpectedly fired up shortly after docking, briefly knocking the area station out of alignment.
The worrying scenario was rapidly introduced beneath management, and this week Pesquet confirmed area followers contained in the module for the primary time.
Je vous fais visiter notre tout nouveau module scientifique à bord de la Station : MLM !
Be part of me on a tour of the @Space_Station's latest (and probably most dramatic 😉) module – MLM. @iss_research @roscosmos #MissionAlpha pic.twitter.com/keun7Dk2pw
— Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) August 17, 2021
Nauka will operate as a science facility, docking port, and spacewalk airlock, primarily for the Russian cosmonauts aboard the ISS. It changed the outdated Pirs module that arrived on the station shortly after astronauts began residing and dealing aboard the orbiting outpost twenty years in the past.
Pesquet, who’s been on board the ISS since April 2021, begins the tour by floating by way of a number of sections of the primary a part of the area station to succeed in the doorway to Nauka.
Upon getting into, the French astronauts notes the smoke-like odor, which somewhat than being one thing to fret about is definitely a attribute of newly arrived modules, apparently the results of publicity to the solar’s warmth.
Pesquet can be fast to level out the placement of Nauka’s rest room. “It is going to be our third rest room,” he says, including, “It’d sound random, however that is one thing you need to take into consideration if you’re in area, and with longer [missions] and greater crews on board the area station, we’ve to give you options, and that is a part of it.”
The astronaut reveals us the module’s quite a few science racks that might be used for experiments, including that the brand new facility will even home the management panel for working the recently arrived European Robotic Arm on the surface of the ISS.
Nauka additionally consists of an astronaut cabin that features “all trendy conveniences,” Pesquet says, although he was unable to indicate us inside because it’s nonetheless full of kit that must be sorted.
Lastly, on the far finish of the module we get to see Nauka’s docking ring for incoming spacecraft, in addition to a small hatch for sending science experiments outdoors of the ISS, and a “somewhat huge” window for views of Earth 250 miles under. Little question Pesquet will quickly be returning to Nauka together with his digicam so as to add to his growing collection of stunning Earth shots.