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The head of the Russian State Space Corporation “Roscosmos” Dmitry Rogozin announced today, Saturday, the successful integration of the “Naoka” module into the Russian section of the International Space Station.
Rogozin wrote on his Telegram channel: “Air purification was carried out in the multifunctional laboratory unit, the final air samples were taken (and the results are within the expected) and an hour before our crew entered the Naoka unit.. Congratulations! The multifunctional laboratory unit has been integrated into the assortment The Russian section of the International Space Station.
The “Naoka” (Russian language science) unit for conducting various laboratory experiments was launched to the station on July 21 and docked with it on the 29th of this month. After 3 hours of docking, the unit’s engines started automatically, causing the international station to change position and tilt 45 degrees.
And yesterday, Friday, there were reports of a successful operation to open the hatch leading to the new unit.
In a related context, the Russian Space Foundation reported today, Saturday, that its Scientific-Technical Council decided to end the use of the Russian section of the International Space Station by 2028, considering that continuing to use the section after 2024 will carry with it increased risks due to the deterioration of its equipment. The foundation said that the council proposed the establishment of an independent Russian service station that will operate in Earth orbit.
It also directed the corporation to ensure the safety of work on board the Russian section of the station until the end of its use.
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