Russian Proton-M rocket with Nauka research laboratory takes off from Baikonur – science & space – .

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Russian Proton-M rocket with Nauka research laboratory takes off from Baikonur – science & space – .


BAIKONUR COSMODROME / Kazakhstan /, July 21. / TASS /. A Proton-M carrier rocket with the Nauka (Science) multipurpose laboratory module has lifted off from the Baikonur spaceport, a TASS correspondent reports from the scene.
The active rocket flight will last 580 seconds (approximately 9 minutes) before the module separates.

Subsequently, the Nauka module will ignite its engines to approach the International Space Station (ISS). The module will travel for eight days to arrive at the docking port of the ISS. Docking is scheduled for 4:26 p.m. Moscow time on July 29.

The Nauka multifunctional laboratory module is intended for the implementation of the Russian program of applied research and experimentation. With the commissioning of the Nauka research module, the Russian segment of the International Space Station will have additional space to equip workplaces, store cargo and accommodate water and oxygen regeneration equipment.

The Nauka module will provide a second toilet for Russian cosmonauts (the first is located in the Zvezda module) and a room for a third crew member. It will also use the European Robotic Arm (ERA) which will help perform some operations without spacewalks.

The Proton-M is a Russian non-reusable launcher that belongs to the family of Proton carrier rockets developed in the early 1960s. Proton rockets are used to send various space vehicles into space, including navigation, military, and other satellites. commercial and interplanetary automatic stations.

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