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The Soyuz ship, with the Fedor robot on board, docked at the ISS


The Soyuz spacecraft, with the humanoid robot Fedor on board, the first to be sent by Russia into space, managed to dock with the International Space Station on Tuesday, after a failure three days earlier.

"Confirmed contact, stowage confirmed," announced Tuesday, Aug. 27, a commentator on Nasa TV to discuss an unmanned Soyuz spacecraft carrying the Russian humanoid robot Fedor docked at the International Space Station (ISS).

The human-sized robot christened Fedor is the first machine of this type sent into space by Russia.

A Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft with the robot on board took off from the Russian cosmodrome at Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Fedor is scheduled to stay in the ISS until 7 September to learn how to assist astronauts in the space station.

First failure

A first attempt at stowage failed Saturday. This failure of the first attempt at stowage was a new setback for the Russian space sector, which has suffered in recent years accidents and corruption scandals.

The ISS has orbited the Earth since 1998 at a speed of approximately 28,000 kilometers per hour.

With AFP

Source: france24

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