Russia Undocks Pirs Module From ISS Ahead of Nauka Module Arrival
© AFP 2021 / NASAIn this 11 June, 2003 NASA image an unmanned Progress supply vehicle (L), backdropped by the blackness of space and Earth's horizon, approaches the Pirs Docking Compartment (out of frame) attached to the Zvezda Service Module on the International Space Station (ISS)
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia undocked its old Pirs module, which served in orbit for 20 years, from the International Space Station (ISS) using a Progress MS-16 cargo spacecraft, it will be de-orbited in a few hours, according to a broadcast on Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos' website.
The docking station of Russia's ISS segment is now free to receive the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module, launched on 21 July and set to dock on 29 July.
The Pirs module was docked to the ISS in 2001. It was used for 52 spacewalks from the Russian segment of the station.