Soyuz-ISS docking adaptor

Soyuz-ISS docking adaptor

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Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Soyuz-ISS docking adaptor. This component, about 1.5 metres across, is used to connect Russian Soyuz spacecraft and the International Space Station (ISS) for crew transfer. This the active component of an Androgynous Peripheral Attach System (APAS), which captures the corresponding passive APAS component on one of the ISS's PMAs (Pressurized Mating Adapters). The Soyuz spacecraft use the APAS-89 system. After docking, the adaptor inflates to form an airtight seal. Photographed at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC), the European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut training centre in Cologne, Germany.

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