The Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) said that the Prichal module successfully approached and docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on November 26.
On the ISS, the Prichal module was automatically paired with the Russian Nauka module.
The 5-ton Prichal module, with six docking ports, was put into orbit by a Soyuz-2.1b booster rocket launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on November 24. The module can hold up to 5 spacecraft at the same time.
During the flight, the Prichal module carried a variety of goods to the ISS, including repair tools, food and personal belongings for the astronauts.
Prichal is the second Russian module docked with the ISS in less than four months. Previously, the Nauka module was docked with the ISS on July 29.
Launched in 1998 with the participation of countries including Russia, the US, Canada, Japan and the European Space Agency, the International Space Station is one of the largest international cooperation projects. in the field of science and technology. Russia is planning to build its own orbiting station.
According to the plan, the ISS may be “retired” after 2024. However, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) believes that this space station can still operate well until 2028.