Poisk Poised For Live NASA TV Space Station Docking
“The Mini Research Module-2
, known as “Poisk,” which means “explore” in Russian, will deliver 1,800 pounds of cargo to the station. Poisk is scheduled to automatically dock to the station’s Zvezda Service Module
at 9:44 a.m.
“The 8-ton module is scheduled to launch at 8:22 a.m. Nov. 10 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
in Kazakhstan. The combination docking port and airlock will ride atop a Soyuz
booster rocket. The Soyuz launch will not be broadcast on NASA TV.
“The module will be used as an additional docking port for Russian vehicles, as an airlock for Russian-based spacewalks and as a platform for external science experiments. Its first use will be as a docking port during the relocation of a Soyuz crew vehicle in January.”