MOSCOW: 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 area company mentioned.
Images 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 is predicted to dock to the nadir port of Russia’s Zvezda service module on July 29, Roscosmos mentioned 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 predicted to detach from the ISS on Friday and fritter away within the Earth’s ambiance over the Pacific Ocean.
While Nauka’s predominant goal is analysis, it can additionally present “additional volumes for the workplaces and storage of cargo, places for water and oxygen regeneration equipment,” Roscosmos mentioned. It can even “enhance the situations of cosmonauts’ keep, offering an extra rest room and a 3rd sleeping location for the Russian facet of the ISS.