If the Nauka is primarily a laboratory unit, it will also provide “additional volumes for workstations and cargo storage,” according to the Russian Space Agency.
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This is the first time in eleven years that a new Russian unit has joined the orbiting laboratory. After an eight-day journey into space and nearly 15 years behind initial plans, Russia’s new science module Nauka (“flag” in Russian) docked Thursday, July 29, at the International Space Station (ISS).
– NASA (@NASA) 29 July 2021
His arrival was followed by a temporary problem with the thrusters: after a few hours of docking, the astronauts reported an unexpected ignition of the Nauka’s engines, forcing them to ignite the engines on the Russian part of the International Space Station to compensate for the resulting motion in the orbiting laboratory. . “The thrusters came into action (…) unexpectedly and inadvertently, moving the station 45 degrees out of position. [initiale] The crew is not in danger.”NASA explained on Twitter (link in english).
“New Unit, New Perspectives of Russian Cosmonauts”, astronaut Evan Wagner was greeted on Twitter. It has a total weight of 20 tons for an internal volume of 70 cubic meters – making it one of the largest on the International Space Station. –This module replaces the much smaller PIRS module, which detached from the International Space Station on Monday before burning up when re-entering Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.
If the Nauka is primarily a lab unit, it will also save “Additional volumes for workstations and cargo storage, and places for water and oxygen replenishment equipment”According to Roscosmos. He also took with him one of the equipment from the European Space Agency (ESA), the ERA robotic arm, which will be installed outside the unit. able to “Transfer” Along the Russian part of the International Space Station, it will be able to carry up to eight tons of equipment and will especially assist astronauts during their outings outside the vehicles.
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