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WATCH: Russia sends multi-lab module Nauka to International Space Station

17:40, 22 July 2021
WATCH: Russia sends multi-lab module Nauka to International Space Station Photo: roscosmos.ru

Russia successfully launched a lab module for the International Space Station (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.

The module is expected to travel for eight days to arrive at the ISS port. The docking is scheduled for July 29.

With Nauka at the ISS Russia will get additional space for equipping workplaces, storing cargoes, and accommodating water and oxygen regeneration equipment.

Russian cosmonauts have already completed two spacewalks to connect cables in preparation for its arrival. 

The launch of Nauka has been repeatedly delayed since 2007 because of technical problems, such as contamination in its fuel system. The previous launch was set for July 15 this year. The last Russian module, Rassvet, arrived at the station in 2010.