Nauka finally arrives at launch site, thirteen years late


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Russia’s Nauka module for ISS has finally arrived at its launch site at Baikonur, Kazakhstan, to be prepared for its launch, now scheduled for April 2021.

After its arrival and fitting-out, Nauka will become the primary laboratory module on the Russian segment. Currently, Russia has two small laboratory modules – Rassvet and Poisk – both of which will be dwarfed by Nauka. Additionally, Nauka will take the title of the heaviest Russian module on the Station, at 24.2 tons. Zvezda currently holds this honor, at 20.3 tons.

The module is thirteen years later than first planned and has been under construction for more than a quarter century.

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One comment

  • LocalFluff

    13 years late for the ISS perhaps. But I’ve heard that it was originally intended to dock with the MIR space station. This is the Russian version of SLS/JWST, but of course very much cheaper.

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