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Russia successfully launches Progress with new docking hub for ISS

Russia today successfully launched a new Progress freighter carrying Prichal, a new docking hub for the Russian half of ISS.

If all goes as planned, Prichal will dock to Nauka in two days.

The leaders in the 2021 launch race:

43 China
26 SpaceX
19 Russia
5 Europe (Arianespace)

China still leads the U.S. 43 to 41 in the national rankings. This launch was the 111th successful launch in 2021, which tied the number from 2018 that had been the highest since the 1990s.

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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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4 comments

  • geoffc

    Prichal is the UM module and is going to be very cool! A Sphere with 6 docking ports. This will be the new node to which all future Russian modules will attach.

    When the ISS is finally discarded, the Russians intend to take Nauka, Prichal and everything they attach after as the core of their next space station.

    Odd, they have a plan. NASA? Bueller?

  • Jeff Wright

    Looks like the Emperor Dalek.

  • Edward

    geoffc wrote: “Odd, they have a plan. NASA? Bueller?

    NASA’s plan is to lease time aboard future commercial space stations.

  • Jeff Wright

    -and docked

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