Nauka lab module docks to International Space Station (VIDEO)

16:27, 29 July 2021
Nauka lab module docks to International Space Station (VIDEO) Photo: Roscosmos/via

Russia’s Multipurpose Laboratory Module Nauka module began docking with the Russian segment of the International Space Station, where Pirs was previously at its duty. 

Before the docking, The Nauka module successfully completed a fly-around of the ISS.

Russia launched a lab module for ISS from the Baikonur spaceport, Kazakhstan. The flight of a Proton-M carrier rocket with the Multipurpose Laboratory Module Nauka lasted nearly nine minutes before it separated. It traveled for eight days to arrive at the space port.

On July 26 the Pirs docking compartment with the attached Progress 77 spacecraft, separated from the Space Station that had been its home for the past 20 years.

Spaceship ‘Nauka’, a Russian word that means “science”, was launched on July 21 and will serve as a new science facility as well as a docking port and spacewalk airlock for further space missions.