February 03, 2014 21:58
Progress M-20M space vehicle leaves ISS to be used in experiments
MOSCOW. Feb 3 (Interfax-AVN) - The Russian space vehicle Progress-M20M on Monday undocked from the International Space Station‘s docking compartment Pirs after receiving three scheduled commands, Mission Control told Interfax-AVN.
Progress M-20M will participate in the space experiment Izgib on February 8 to 10, and it will test a new solar orientation regime with an axis spin-up. Similar experiments were performed with the use of Progress M-14M, Progress M-15M and Progress M-17M.
The vehicle will switch on the engine for braking at 6:59 p.m. on February 11 and enter the atmosphere 30 minutes after. The wreckage is to fall into the Pacific Ocean at about 7:48 p.m.
Another space vehicle, Progress M-22M, will be launched from Baikonur (Kazakhstan) to the ISS at 8:23 p.m. on February 5 to fill the vacancy. It is to dock with the station at 2:24 a.m. on February 6.
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