The Ross Cosmos Foundation announced that the Russian Progress MS-16 cargo vehicle had docked with the International Space Station manually.
The foundation notes that the Progress spacecraft was scheduled to dock with the International Space Station automatically at 9.20 Moscow time. But about 20 meters from the station, the Space Flight Management Center issued an order to astronaut Sergey Ryzhikov, requiring the spacecraft to dock manually with the station. And this is what actually happened, as the vehicle manually fused into the Russian Pirs unit, at 9:27 Moscow time.
The Progress spacecraft carried about 2.5 tons of cargo to the space station, including 600 kilograms of fuel for the international station, 420 liters of drinking water and about 1,400 kilograms of various equipment and devices and foodstuffs. The vehicle also carried 40 kilograms of nitrogen to compensate for the shortage in the station’s air, due to the air leakage from the Russian “Zvezda” unit.