Astronauts Swap Soyuz Spacecraft’s ‘Parking Spot’ at Space Station

first_img Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSISS Astronauts Study What Happens to Concrete Mixed in Space Stay on target Astronauts took a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for a brief “ride” around the International Space Station (ISS) and relocated it to another docking port on Aug. 25.According to NASA, the “Sunday drive” in space involved Roscosmos cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov manually flying the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft to its new “parking spot,” which is located on the orbiting laboratory’s top-mounted Poisk module, Space.com reported. Space station crew members completed this move to make space for an unpiloted Soyuz spaceship that aborted its docking attempt due to locking issues on Saturday, said a NASA press release.Successful relocation! At 11:59pm ET, the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft was docked to the Poisk module of the @Space_Station. This move frees the port for an uncrewed Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft to execute a second docking attempt Monday night. Get more details: https://t.co/PZBa5FweKJ pic.twitter.com/7BBPER7s5g— NASA (@NASA) August 26, 2019Skvortsov gently guided the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft to the docking port at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday. NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Luca Parmitano also joined Skvortsov on the 24-minute flight. The crew members arrived at the space station on July 20, and they will use the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft to travel back to our planet at the end of the year.Live now on @NASA TV, three Exp 60 crewmembers are in their Soyuz crew ship preparing to undock at 11:34pm ET and redock to another port at 11:59pm. https://t.co/yuOTrYN8CV pic.twitter.com/UhlTHIJpix— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) August 26, 2019Sunday’s docking port switch will enable the uncrewed Soyuz spacecraft, which is carrying a humanoid robot and 1,450 pounds of food and supplies, to safely “park” at the space station. On Saturday, the Soyuz spacecraft failed to dock at the space station due to a potential problem with an amplifier of a navigation system on the orbiting laboratory.A Russian Soyuz spacecraft will attempt a second docking on Monday at 11:12pm ET. Three station residents will first swap docking ports on Sunday at 11:59pm in another Soyuz crew ship. @NASA TV is broadcasting both events live. https://t.co/8WnuQM0mc1 pic.twitter.com/BzhID1s3E4— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) August 25, 2019Two days after the aborted dock operation, the Soyuz spacecraft is keeping a safe distance from the space station and waiting for its next parking attempt, which is expected to take place today at 11:12 p.m. EDT. NASA will livestream the event on its YouTube channel starting at 10:30 p.m. EDT.More on Geek.com:Russian Spacecraft Carrying Humanoid Robot Fails to Dock the ISSRussia Launches Humanoid Robot to ISSWatch Astronauts Spacewalk, Add Parking Spots to ISSlast_img read more