The Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft, in the distance, approaches the ISS. The Soyuz MS-13 is seen in the foreground. Via NASA.
Roscosmos – the Russian space agency – launched its Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft on August 22, 2019, to the International Space Station (ISS). The mission was initially scheduled to dock at the station’s space-facing Poisk module on August 24, 2019. However, the spacecraft was commanded to back away when a malfunction of equipment on the ISS prevented it from locking on to the module. A successful second docking attempt was executed on August 26, 2019. The Soyuz carries 1,450 pounds (658 kg) of cargo containing food and medical supplies, and equipment to aid scientific experiments. Plus it carries Skybot F-850 – a humanoid robot – that will be tested for its functional capabilities in microgravity. The ISS took to Twitter to confirm Soyuz MS-14’s arrival:
The Soyuz MS-14 is home at the Zvezda module! Contact and capture confirmed at 11:08 pm ET. https://t.co/cBNqC5JGaz pic.twitter.com/vc04xod0sm
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) August 27, 2019
The spacecraft with its robot cargo is currently at the station’s Zvezda module; Zvezda is Russian for star.
Watch Skybot being trained to imitate humans.