The Russian module for the International Space Station has been long-delayed but will launch later this month. The head of the country’s space corporation said today that the launch date has been pushed back several days. Roscosmos director Dmitry Rogozin tweeted that the module is scheduled to launch July 21 from the Russian launch facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
The original launch date was July 15 but it was postponed to fix some flaws that were not released to the public. The module is called Nauka or Multipurpose Laboratory Module and has been delayed several times for different technical problems.
Initially, the launch of the module was scheduled in 2007, but in 2013, experts found contamination in the fuel system. This resulted in an expensive and lengthy delay and they took the time to modernize or repair its other systems. Nauka weighs approximately 20-metric tons and will be launched into orbit by a Proton-M booster rocket.
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