The docking may have been a disaster — but the views are incredible.
Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy has shared an amazing video taken on board the International Space Station’s latest addition, Russia’s Multipurpose Laboratory Module known as “Nauka.”
It’s a rare glimpse of the module’s interior following an extremely fraught launch and docking with the orbital outpost.
Another short video of how we opened the window of the #Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module, as well as fascinating views of the Earth.
Do you recognize these places? Our journey begins! pic.twitter.com/3Onzw62NGt
— Oleg Novitskiy (@novitskiy_iss) August 23, 2021
The video shows off the incredible view from one of the module’s Earth-facing windows — and the several layers of protection to ensure the station crew’s safety.
Novitskiy can be seen removing a protective shield covering the glass. Later on in the video, a massive shutter slowly closes in on the window, likely to protect against damage from micrometeoroids and space debris, as well as to keep the heat in.
Once the module docked with the ISS earlier this month, it unexpectedly fired its thrusters uncontrollably, causing the entire station to spin one and a half revolutions.
But now that it’s arrived and is safely attached to the rest of the Russian segment, it’s providing cosmonauts with an incredible view of the Earth below — perhaps some much deserved respite after a turbulent rendezvous.