Russia has successfully launched the Nauka Lab module to the International Space Station (ISS) with a delay of 14 years. With its help, Russian astronauts will be able to conduct more scientific research. Nauka is being described as Russia’s largest space laboratory. The full name of NUKA is also known as Russian Multipurpose Research Module (MLM).
Proton-M rocket launched
Nauka was launched into space on a Proton-M rocket from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Russia’s state news agency has reported that the Nauka module has successfully separated from the Proton-M rocket outside the orbital outpost. It is expected to connect with the International Space Station on 29 July.
The Nauka module weighs 22 tons
The 22-tonne Nauka module was planned to be launched in 2007. But, its launch got delayed over time. The module is carried with it the European Robotic Orm ERA. This robotic arm has been designed to work in the Russian part of the ISS. The module successfully separated from the launcher 580 seconds after liftoff.
Russian space agency confirms successful launch
Russia’s space agency Roscosmos has confirmed the successful separation of the module from the rocket in a tweet. Roscosmos wrote that at T+9:40 minutes after liftoff, the yacht Multipurpose Laboratory Module separated from the Proton-M carrier rocket in its third stage. The module then begins its 8-day autonomous flight to the ISS.
Nauka to join ISS on July 29
Roscosmos reported 30 minutes after launch that Nauka had successfully deployed its solar panels and antennas. The module will now use its own engines to move forward in its orbit, Russian news agency Tass reported. The connection of this module to the ISS is believed to be fixed on July 29.
Russian laboratory is equipped with many amenities
The module, which is 42 feet long and has a maximum diameter of 14 feet, will have many modern features. Russian space scientists will also be able to do more experiments in this module than before. It will have a separate bed for each of the astronauts. Along with this toilet, oxygen generator and urine filtering system are also installed.
[Attribution to NBT]