Astronaut Thomas Pesquet has given a tour of the most recent module to reach on the Worldwide House Station (ISS).
Russia’s Nauka Multipurpose Logistics Module (MLM) hit the headlines in July when its thrusters unexpectedly fired up shortly after docking, quickly knocking the house station out of alignment.
The worrying state of affairs was shortly introduced underneath management, and this week Pesquet confirmed house 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 a part of me on a tour of the @Space_Station's latest (and presumably 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 It changed the outdated Pirs module that arrived on the station shortly after astronauts began residing and dealing aboard the orbiting outpost 20 years in the past.
Pesquet, who’s been on board the ISS since April 2021, begins the tour by floating via a number of sections of the principle a part of the house station to achieve the doorway to Nauka.
Upon coming into, the French astronauts notes the smoke-like odor, which relatively 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 bathroom. “Will probably be our third bathroom,” he says, including, “It’d sound random, however that is one thing you need to take into consideration whenever you’re in house, and with longer [missions] and larger crews on board the house station, we’ve to provide you with options, and that is a part of it.”
The astronaut reveals us the module’s quite a few science racks that will likely 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 skin of the ISS.
Nauka additionally contains an astronaut cabin that features “all fashionable conveniences,” Pesquet says, although he was unable to point out 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 exterior of the ISS, and a “relatively large” window for views of Earth 250 miles beneath. Little doubt Pesquet will quickly be returning to Nauka along with his digicam so as to add to his growing collection of stunning Earth shots.