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Saturday, December 08, 2012

Russian to add 'Nauka' MLM to ISS in 2014

 Russian-made Nauka will be attached in 2014 (at bottom) shown in rendering.
The Nauka, also known as the Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) and designed by Energia corporation, will be a component of the International Space Station (ISS), funded by the Russian Federal Space Agency. The module is now slated for launch aboard a Proton-M in 2014. Nauka will serve as Russia's primary research module but will also have stowage and crew work areas. (SpaceRef
Nauka will initially be used for experiments, docking and cargo. It will also serve as a crew work and rest area. Nauka will be equipped with full guidance and navigation control including engines and an attitude control system that can be used as a backup by the ISS. It will be docked onto the Zvezda module's nadir (Earth facing) docking port. The new module will contain crew quarters with life support equipment including atmospheric processing, galley and toilet.

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