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Preparing Russian Segment of ISS
for Nauka's liftoff

Article and photos by Anatoly Zak | Editor: Alain Chabot

The work to prepare the International Space Station for the arrival of the MLM Nauka module began years before it had a chance to fly, but a flurry of critical pre-launch activities aboard the Russian Segment were expected to take place within a month before the start of the mission.

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