Russia Expands Its Space Station Real Estate

Russia’s Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module
Russia’s Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module, left, arrived at the space station on July 29. A software problem caused its thrusters to inadvertently fire, temporarily pitching the 1-million-lb. station 45 deg. out of attitude.
Credit: Oleg Novitskiy/Roscosmos
Considering the long and winding path Russia’s Nauka Multipurpose Science Module took to the launchpad, its bumpy debut at the International Space Station could not have come as a total surprise. Flight control teams outside of Moscow and Houston responded quickly to alerts on July 29 that the...

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