MOSCOW: A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying the brand new Nauka laboratory module for the Worldwide Area Station blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, the Roscosmos area company mentioned.
Photographs launched by Roscosmos confirmed the service 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’s anticipated to dock to the nadir port of Russia’s Zvezda service module on July 29, Roscosmos mentioned in an announcement 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 constantly delayed.
Pending a profitable launch on Wednesday, Nauka will change the Pirs module after twenty years in service, which is anticipated to detach from the ISS on Friday and deplete within the Earth’s ambiance over the Pacific Ocean.
Whereas Nauka’s most important function is analysis, it should additionally present “further volumes for the workplaces and storage of cargo, locations for water and oxygen regeneration tools,” Roscosmos mentioned. It’s going to additionally “enhance the circumstances of cosmonauts’ keep, offering a further bathroom and a 3rd sleeping location for the Russian facet of the ISS.