New module attached to space station

New module attached to space station
# 18 May 2010 23:48 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. NASA astronauts have attached a Russian docking compartment and a small science laboratory onto the $100 billion International Space Station (ISS), APA reports quoting presstv.ir website

The parts were delivered by the shuttle Atlantis, which set off on its final ISS journey on May 14, 2010.

The Mini Research Module, dubbed Rassvet, shared the shuttle’s payload bay with a cargo carrier full of batteries, a spare communications antenna, and an attachment for the station’s robotic crane.

With Rassvet, the station now has 13 rooms, three major laboratories, two airlocks, two mini research labs, three connecting hubs, and an observatory.

There is also an outside porch for scientific experiments and a storage room on the huge Japanese Kibo lab, Reuters reported.

Russia’s prime research laboratory, due to be launched in 2012, will complete the 16-nation station, which has been under construction since 1998.

Atlantis, carrying six astronauts, arrived at the station on May 16 on the third-to-last journey of the NASA shuttle program. The two remaining missions will be completed by the shuttles Discovery and Endeavour
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