Russia efficiently launched a brand new cargo ship, Progress 73, to the space station on July 31. So lengthy, Progress 72, and thanks for all of the stuff. The Russian-built Progress cargo ship went down in flames (on function) on Monday (July 29), and a space station astronaut made positive to seize its fiery doom on camera.
Hague watched Progress 72’s demise from the International Space Station, the place he and five different space vacationers bid farewell to the uncrewed cargo ship because it undocked itself from the Russian-constructed Pirs module after four months linked to the orbiting lab.
And renter Progress 72 did. As Hague’s photo reveals, the disposable spacecraft broke aside right into a bathe of bits because it burned up in Earth’s atmosphere. The cosmic funeral pyre marked the tip of a supply mission that started with an April 4 launch to the station.
Progress 72 delivered 3.7 tons of provides and kit to the station throughout its mission. That haul included 104 lbs. (47 kilograms) of oxygen and air; 926 lbs. (420 kg) of water; 3,117 lbs. (1,413 kg) of spare components and equipment; and 3,375 lbs. (1,530 kg) Of propellant. Its departure makes way for a substitute cargo ship, Progress 73.
A Russian Soyuz rocket is programmed to launch Progress 73 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday (July 31) at 8:10 a.m. EDT (1210 GMT). The mission comes lower than a week after the arrival of a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship on the station. That mission launched into orbit Thursday (July 25) and arrived on Saturday (July 27).
Progress 73 is anticipated to ship almost three tons of providers to the space station at 11:35 a.m. EDT (1535 GMT) after making simply two orbits around Earth in a brilliant-quick flight. It is going to keep on the station till December when it’ll additionally depart to expend in Earth’s atmosphere.
Russia’s Progress spacecraft are workhorse autos that look just like the crewed Soyuz automobiles utilized by Roscosmos, the country’s space agency, to ferry crews to and from the International Space Station. However, as a substitute of a crew capsule, Progress automobiles carry propellant, experiments and different a lot-wanted provides to maintain astronauts and cosmonauts well stocked.