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Mission Control hopes to explain Progress M-21M manual docking to ISS next week

MOSCOW, November 30 (Itar-Tass) - The reasons why the last phase of docking the cargo spacecraft Progress M-21M to the international space station ISS had to be controlled manually will be clear early next week, Monday or Tuesday, the chief of the Russian segment of the ISS, Vladimir Solovyov, told Itar-Tass.

“The docking was normal by and large. At a distance of about 50 meters I asked Oleg Kotov to activate the remote control mode and dock the cargo craft manually,” Solovyov said. “The moment Progress contacted the ISS the Kurs-NA approach control system was turned off.”