On July 21, 2021 at 14:58 UTC the “Nauka” module, also known as Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM), was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was orbited by the “Proton-M” rocket-carrier. The International Space Station is set to receive its biggest expansion in more than a decade after the launch of a Russian research lab and a European robotic arm. Russian “Nauka”, or “science,” research module has a mass of about 20.2 tons and extends about 13 meters long. It’s the first large pressurized element to be permanently added to the space station since 2011, and will become one of the biggest modules at the complex.