An unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station after a two-day journey to deliver food, fuel and supplies to the crew of the orbital outpost. The
Progress MS17 freighter was connected to the Poisk mini research module on the space-facing side of the Russian section of the space station on Thursday (July 1). Automatic coupling occurs at 8:59 pm. EDT (0059 Greenwich Mean Time on July 2).
was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday (June 29). Progress MS17 completed 34 earth orbits on its way to the space station. During their encounter, it is expected that the spacecraft will be close to two pieces of SpaceX hardware.
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“The information shows that the Starlink satellite system spacecraft and fragments of the Falcon 9 rocket are near the Progress MS17 spacecraft. Russian national aerospace company Roscosmos said in a message posted on June 30. 4,444 flight controllers monitored the situation, but no maneuvers were required to avoid the impact. The Starlink satellite will pass at a distance of about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) and the rocket fragments will pass at about 1,600 feet (500 meters).) The two encounters were held approximately three minutes apart. The
weighs over 3,600 pounds in the Progress MS17. (1,630 kg) supplies for the space station Expedition 65 crew, including JAXA commander Akihiko Hoshide and flight engineer Mark Vande Hei, NASA’s Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, and European Space Agency Thomas Pesquet ( ESA) and Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov from Roscosmos.
The cargo to be unpacked includes Russian scientific experiments aimed at formulating countermeasures against bone damage and studying the impact of long-term space missions on the activities of astronauts. There are also research drugs to regulate the human immune system and hardware to draw a global structure map of space weather and meteorological processes from orbit.
Progress MS17 will stop at the station near Poisk for five months. The freighter then plans to perform automatic dock detachment and relocation to the new “Nauka” multipurpose laboratory module in late October. Nauka is named after the Russian word “science” and is scheduled to launch to the space station this summer.
After changing the port and repacking with space station trash, Progress MS17 will leave the dock in November and re-enter Earth’s atmosphere for safe destruction. The
Progress MS17 is the 78th Russian cargo spacecraft launched to the International Space Station since August 2000.
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Robert Z. Pearlman
Robert Pearlman is a journalist and space historian.
Its original “Ask an Astronaut” website predates NASA’s efforts to connect the public with men and women flying in space. Later, as director of the National Aerospace Association’s online project, Perlman led the redesign and expansion of the organization’s online resources and website, including the production of an audience education guide for HBO miniseries, Tom Hanks Award winner “Luna”.
In 1997, Pearlman was hired by Buzz Aldrin to develop the first Apollo astronaut website. In 1999, Pearlman co-founded astronaut-sponsored, which was later acquired by Subsequently, hired Perlman to manage the site’s community project.
Between 1998 and 2003, Pearlman hosted the online National Space Day webcast filmed at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
In 1996, Space Adventures, a space travel company, hired Pearlman as its first director of marketing and advertising.
Today, Pearlman is the publisher of collectSPACE.
Pearlman is a special writer for, serves on the board of For All Moonkind, serves on the History Committee of the American Astronautical Society, and serves as an advisor to the Mars Generation.
He is the co-author of “Space Station: The Art, Science, and Reality of Space Work” published by Smithsonian Books on October 30, 2018.
In the 2013 film “Space Warriors” with Mira Sorvino and Danny Glover and with Ryan Gosling and Claire Claire Foy worked as a technical consultant in the 2018 Damien Chazelle film “First Man”. He served as a historical consultant for the 2019 Todd Douglas Miller documentary film “Apollo 11.”
Pearlman also appeared as a commentator in:
Strange Inheritance (Fox Business Network)
American Restoration (History Channel)
American Pickers (History Channel)
Mysteries at the Museum (Travel Channel)
Brad Meltzer’s Lost History (H2))
Ancient Aliens (History Channel)
NASA Unexplainable Documents (Science Channel)
Pearlman previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Space Association and the Space Hall of Fame Foundation. He is also the former president of the Space Exploration and Development Students Union.
In 2001, his work at collectSPACE earned Pearlman the Universal Signature Collectors Club (UACC) Collector of the Year award.
In 2009, Pearlman was inducted into the Space Camp Hall of Fame.


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