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Module "The science" — venture or breakthrough?


Reading about the ups and downs of the “Science” module, one involuntarily thinks: was it worth it? Was it worth taking the risk of launching an even more worn-out module in land adventures with problematic equipment to a fairly worn out station (until the operating contract ends in 2024)? (What are some presumably cut tanks and “tired” metal worth!) And this is not to mention that the service life of “Nauka” was extended several times after upgrades. Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka doubted the expediency of launching MLM-U to the ISS, saying: “Modules, especially MLM, were built according to the technologies of the 1980s that were used at the Mir station. They do not even meet the level of today, not to mention tomorrow” .

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