The Science module is integrated into the Russian segment of the International Space Station. About it reported the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin.
“The atmosphere was cleaned in MLM, final air samples were taken (normal), an hour ago our crew entered the“ Science ”module. Congratulations! MLM is integrated into the Russian segment of the ISS, ”Rogozin wrote on Twitter.
Formerly crew signed in in MLM to start a full-fledged activity in the module after the completion of the operation of the air purification filters and proceeded to the installation of ventilation. Last Thursday, after docking the module to the ISS, the Russian crew planned to enter the living area of the instrument-sealed compartment, but this was not done.
After the docking of the module, an abnormal start of the Nauka engines took place, due to which the station was turned 45 degrees. To compensate for the impulse, the engines of the Zvezda module and the Progress cargo ship had to be used. Roscosmos explained the incident by working with fuel residues in the Science module.
According to the US agency, due to the current situation, the launch of the Starliner spacecraft to the ISS, scheduled for Friday, was postponed. Roscosmos said that the postponement of the launch is associated with bad weather conditions. According to the state corporation, “the flight of the International Space Station continues according to the planned program.”
Note that the launch dates for the “Science” module have been repeatedly postponed. Initially, the launch was scheduled for 2017, but was postponed to 2018 due to a blockage in the fuel system, which could provoke a breakdown of the ISS propulsion system, so the module was returned to the manufacturer for revision.
The module is designed to build up the technical and operational capabilities of the Russian segment of the International Space Station.