The Progress MS-25 cargo ship, launched on December 1 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, will dock with the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday, December 3. He will deliver tangerines, New Year’s gifts and quail eggs to the station for the experiment, TASS reports.
The Institute of Medical and Biological Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences reported that food for the crew members, including tangerines, oranges and candies for the New Year’s table, will be sent to the station on a cargo ship. In addition, the astronauts will receive dried meat, beef and venison, mustard and adjika, apples, grapefruits and lemons.
Also, a special complex “Incubator-3” and 48 Japanese quail eggs will be delivered from Earth. With their help, the astronauts plan to conduct an experiment called “Quail”. In addition, equipment for the Kvarts-M experiment will arrive – it will need to be installed outside the station during extravehicular activity.
Progress MS-25 will deliver 2,528 kg of cargo to the ISS, including 515 kg of refueling fuel, 420 liters of drinking water, 40 kg of compressed nitrogen in cylinders and about 1,553 kg of various equipment and materials in the cargo compartment: medical control and sanitary equipment -hygienic provision, clothing items,” the agency writes.
The fact that the Soyuz launch vehicle with the Progress MS-25 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome was reported earlier, on December 1. The rocket launch took place at 12:25 Moscow time. It is expected that the Russian segment of the ISS will dock with the Poisk module on December 3 at 14:15 Moscow time. According to Roscosmos, the spacecraft will remain in orbit for 179 days.
Prior to this, on November 29, the Progress MS-23 cargo ship left the ISS orbit and was sunk in the Pacific Ocean. It was clarified that the unburnt elements of the truck fell in a non-navigable area of the southern part of the ocean.
The Progress MS-23 spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on May 24 using a Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle; it was supposed to deliver 2.5 tons of cargo to the ISS.