Roscosmos has set the launch date for the Science module

Roscosmos has set the launch date for the Science module
Roscosmos has set the launch date for the Science module
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They want to launch a new Russian module to the ISS on July 21. Earlier it became known about new technical problems identified during the audit.

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The Russian space agency has finally decided on a new date for the long-awaited launch of the Nauka module. They want to start on July 21st. A heavy-class rocket "Proton-M" was chosen as the carrier.

Previously, they wanted to launch the module on the 15th (the original plans were supposed to be launched back in 2007), but then they discovered technical problems. As it turned out, they forgot to cover part of the equipment of the "Science" module with thermal insulation.

"Science" will be one of the largest modules of the ISS. It has a ten-year resource. Earlier it was reported that in order to integrate the module to the Russian segment of the station, it would be necessary to carry out seven to eight spacewalks.

The future of Russia in the ISS program is in question. If nothing changes, then, according to the announced plans, the country will start exiting the program from 2025.

As an alternative to the ISS, Russia wants to create a national orbital station known as ROSS. It can be considered a conditional analogue of the Soviet "Mir". In addition, Moscow, together with Beijing, intends to build a lunar station: the first stage can be expected in the foreseeable future.

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