Once again, space explorer organizations are joining forces to maintain the International Space Station successfully. The platform is anyway a project between five space agencies: NASA from the United States, Roscosmos from Russia, JAXA from Japan, ESA from Europe, and CSA from Canada. However, this time, the news is just about a ship carrying supplies.
Therefore, a Russian ship that doesn’t have a name and carrying tons of supplies has just successfully docked with the International Space Station on Monday.
Food, fuel and supplies
The cargo ship named Progress MS-13 had been launched since Friday while being linked to a Soyuz rocket. It brought about 3 tons of food, fuel, and supplies to the space station for the six astronauts that are living there: Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Skripochka from Russia, Andrew Morgan, Jessica Meir and Christina Koch from NASA, and Luca Parmitano from the European Space Agency.
What exactly is the International Space Station (ISS)?
The International Space Station (ISS) is a habitable artificial satellite that dwells in low Earth orbit. The ownership and usage of the space station is established by treaties and agreements between governments.
The ISS is utilized as both a microgravity and space environment research laboratory where crew members make experiments in fields like biology, physics, astronomy, meteorology, and others.
The ISS can also be utilized for the testing of both spacecraft systems and equipment required for various missions to the Moon, Mars, and even asteroids. The ISS maintains itself at an average altitude of 250 miles by using the engines of Zvezda module. It can circle the Earth in only one and a half hour, and it completes 15.5 orbits per day. Hopefully, the ISS will prove itself to be even more useful to humanity in the near future.
The lift-off of the Russian supply ship took place from the Russian space complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.