Editor’s note: NASA’s Webcast will begin at 10:30 am ET (2:30 pm GMT). You can also watch the online broadcast of Roscosmos in Russian here.
Russia launches its Science module, which includes a new European robotic arm, in International space station Wednesday (July 21).
The new module will be launched from Site-200. Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Proton-M launch vehicle. The start is scheduled for 10:58 am ET (14:58 GMT). NASA will broadcast the launch live NASA TV starting at 10:30 am ET (2:30 pm GMT), you can also watch the live stream on this page courtesy of the agency and Roscosmos.
Once launched, the module will spend eight days en route to the space station, after which the module docks in the nadir port of the Russian service module Zvezda. The science will replace the Pirs module, which has been operating in space for two decades. If the launch of Nauka goes smoothly, Pirs will separate from the station on Friday (July 23) and burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere.
Connected: International Space Station inside and outside (infographic)
Science, formally known as the Russian Multipurpose Laboratory Module, is a research module designed to expand the Russian segment of the International Space Station, also called the ISS.
“The Nauka module was created on the constructive and technological basis of the Zarya functional cargo block using the experience of designing a delivery vehicle for the Salyut manned scientific stations and modules for retrofitting the Mir orbital complex,” Roscosmos reported. in the statement.
“After the commissioning of the new module, the Russian segment will receive additional volumes for workplaces and cargo storage, space for water and oxygen regeneration equipment, improve the conditions for the stay of cosmonauts, and also increase the safety of the entire ISS. crew.”
IN European robotic arm (ERA) will also launch the ISS via Nauka and will work with a new Russian airlock to transfer small payloads from inside the ISS to the outside of the station, complementing Canadarm2’s work on the US side of the station.
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