On Feb. 17, the uncrewed Roscosmos Progress 82 cargo spacecraft undocked without issue from the International Space Station’s Poisk module at 9:26 p.m. EST. Following undocking, Expedition 68 cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin sent commands from the station’s Roscosmos segment to rotate the Progress for additional visual inspections using space station’s external cameras of the general area where a coolant leak occurred on Feb. 11.
After Progress departure from the space station, flight controllers at Mission Control in Moscow canceled Friday’s scheduled deorbit burn while Roscosmos analyzed the post-undocking imagery collected of the Progress radiator.
Early Saturday, Roscosmos managers decided to deorbit Progress Saturday, Feb. 18, with a deorbit burn time of 10:15 p.m. EST. Progress remains in a stable configuration and on a safe trajectory well away from the International Space Station. Loaded with trash, Progress will deorbit over the Pacific Ocean after spending four months at the station.
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