A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying the brand new Nauka laboratory module for the International Space Station blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, the Roscosmos house company stated.
Missed at present’s #Nauka launch? Here is the video of this historic occasion!
By the way in which, this was the 425th launch of the Proton household rockets. pic.twitter.com/48dO8ur3wL
— (@roscosmos) July 21, 2021
Images launched by Roscosmos confirmed the provider rocket taking off at 1458 GMT, taking into orbit the primary Russian ISS module in 11 years.
The module’s long-planned journey to the ISS will take eight days. It is anticipated to dock to the nadir port of Russia’s Zvezda service module on July 29, Roscosmos stated in a press release in early July.
The meeting of the 20-tonne Nauka multipurpose laboratory module began again within the Nineteen Nineties however its launch — initially scheduled for 2007 — has been repeatedly delayed.
Pending a profitable launch on Wednesday, Nauka will exchange the Pirs module after twenty years in service, which is anticipated to detach from the ISS on Friday and dissipate within the Earth’s environment over the Pacific Ocean.
While Nauka’s most important function is analysis, it should additionally present “extra volumes for the workplaces and storage of cargo, locations for water and oxygen regeneration gear,” Roscosmos stated.
It may also “enhance the circumstances of cosmonauts’ keep, offering an extra rest room and a 3rd sleeping location for the Russian facet of the ISS.
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