Watch live: Russia sends the Nauka module to the ISS
MOSCOW, BM, ($1= 74.34 Russian Rubles) – On July 21 at 17:58 Moscow time from Baikonur, Russia is to launch the Proton space rocket, which will launch the Nauka module into space, which is due to arrive on July 29 at the International Space Station. Russian sources claim that this is Russia’s first module for the ISS since 2010.
The CEO of Roscosmos announced that the first and second inspections of the module and the rocket were successful. Everything is assembled and in good condition. Earlier in the day, the module and the rocket were transported to the launch site in Baikonur.
“The first two days passed without comment,” Rogozin said. He also noted that “the launch will be difficult.” An additional reserve day has been set if the launch fails today.
According to analysts at Yahoo News Japan, the Russian Nauka module is a multifunctional space module with very high technology integrated into it. “Nauka is the largest module of the station and has no analogs. The spacecraft was 14 meters long and 4.2 meters in diameter. The workplaces in the high-tech complex are unified – each piece of equipment can be connected on both sides of the station, which allows you to perform many different tasks. In addition, other modules will be able to connect to Nauka,” says Yahoo News Japan.
With all this, the design of the module allows the crew to stay on board for a long time and comfortably. Inside the unit, there is a full cabin, as well as systems for water regeneration and oxygen production.
Together with the module, the European robotic arm ERA will be sent to the ISS. More than 20 years have passed since its creation. The start-up and installation of this device are constantly delayed due to technical problems.
We remind you that earlier today, billionaire Jeff Bezos and his crew made the first flight of civilians into space, and the whole procedure took a little more than ten minutes. Earlier that month, Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic flew to the boundary of the Earth’s atmosphere and space, known as the Kalman Line.
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