Pirs Departs ISS, Making Way For Russia’s Nauka Laboratory

MS-16/Progress 77 docked to the Pirs docking compartment on the ISS' Russian segment.
Credit: NASA
Russia’s near two-decade-old Pirs docking compartment and airlock left the International Space Station (ISS) in the grasp of the Progress MS-16 cargo capsule early July 26. The departure provides a permanent parking spot on the Earth-facing docking port of the Zvezda service module. This will soon...
Mark Carreau

Mark is based in Houston, where he has written on aerospace for more than 25 years. While at the Houston Chronicle, he was recognized by the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation in 2006 for his professional contributions to the public understanding of America's space program through news reporting.

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