ISS, June 2. /TASS/. Russia’s Progress MS-20 space freighter scheduled to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on June 3 will deliver a miniature electric guitar along with supplies to the orbital outpost, TASS special correspondent, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev reported on Thursday.
In addition to scientific equipment, the Progress MS-20 resupply ship will also deliver strings for the violin that is already present aboard the space station, the cosmonaut said.
Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Korsakov who is also working aboard the ISS earlier said on his Telegram channel that he had requested his relatives to send him an electric guitar that would be the best musical instrument for psychological relief.
A Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with the Progress MS-20 resupply ship is set to blast off at 12:32 p.m. Moscow time on June 3. The rocket’s second stage has the Donbass inscription on it while its nose fairing has the flags of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics painted on it.
The resupply ship is set to deliver 2,500 kg of cargo to the flying laboratory, including 599 kg of refueling propellant, 420 liters of potable water in Rodnik storage tanks, 40 kg of compressed nitrogen in cylinders, and also about 1,458 kg of various equipment and materials in the cargo compartment, medical control and sanitation means, outfits, standard food rations and fresh foodstuffs for the members of the 67th space expedition. The Progress MS-20 space freighter will also deliver a 3D printer to the orbital outpost.
On November 17, 2021, Russia’s world-renowned TASS news agency and the State Space Corporation Roscosmos signed a memorandum of cooperation, under which a TASS news office was established aboard the ISS. Presently, cosmonaut Artemyev is heading the outer space-based branch. Cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin was the first TASS special reporter in space. His flight lasted 12 days.