March 29, 2023

A robotic Russian cargo ship stricken by a coolant leak undocked from the International Space Station late Friday (Feb.17) while a cosmonaut snapped photos of it looking for signs of damage. 

The Progress spacecraft, known as Progress 82 by NASA and Progress MS-21 by Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, cast off from the space station’s Poisk module at 9:26 p.m. EST (0226 GMT) after nearly four months at the orbiting lab. Its departure came seven days after Roscosmos engineers reported a coolant leak on the uncrewed Progress ship on Feb. 11, prompting astronauts and cosmonauts to conduct a photo inspection of the craft with a robotic arm for signs of damage. 

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