Russia’s next addition to the International Space Station (ISS) faces new obstacles on its way to the launchpad. The 20-ton Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) will be the largest expansion to the country’s ISS segment in two decades, but continuing technical problems might push its launch beyond 2020 and raise fresh concerns about the module’s aging engines. Rather than heading directly to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for launch preparations, Nauka will be ...


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