Russia has launched the ‘Nauka’ Lab Module via a Proton-M rocket from the Russian Baikanur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The Proton-M rocket (AFP) takes off with the ‘Nauka’ lab module
Russia has successfully launched the Nauka Lab Module for the International Space Station (ISS). With its help, the crew members will be able to do more scientific research. The rocket carrying the ‘Nauka’ module was launched at 7.58 pm local time from the Russian space station in Baikanur, Kazakhstan. This module weighs 22 tonnes and will be attached to the ISS after eight days. The yacht is touted as Russia’s largest space laboratory. This module has been launched into space with a delay of 14 years.
The yacht was launched into space on a Proton-M rocket from the Russian Baikanur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. At this time, the yacht module has successfully separated from the Proton-M rocket outside the orbital outpost, the Russian state news agency reported. It is scheduled to connect to the International Space Station on July 29. The 22 ton yacht module was to be launched in 2007. However, its launch got delayed over time. The module is with European Robotics ORM ERA.
Module to fly 8-day autonomous flight to ISS
This robotic arm has been designed to operate in the Russian part of the ISS. The module successfully separated from the launcher 580 seconds after takeoff. The Russian space agency Roscosmos in a tweet informed about the successful separation of the module from the rocket. Roscosmos wrote that the Multipurpose Lab Module separated from the Proton-M carrier rocket in its third stage at T+9:40 minutes. The module will then begin its 8-day autonomous flight to the ISS.
Module to be attached to ISS on July 29
Roscosmos reported 30 minutes after launch that the yacht had successfully deployed its solar panels and antennas. Russian news agency Tass reported that the module would now use its own engines to go into orbit. The connection of this module to the ISS will be determined on July 29. The ISS is a project of NASA (USA), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe) and CSA (Canada).
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