Russia launches rocket carrying new lab to International Space Station Jul 22, 2021 0 279 12345 dpaMoscow Russia sent its Nauka research module off to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a Proton-M launch vehicle on Wednesday, more than a decade after it was first supposed to fly.The launch, shown live by the Russian space agency Roskosmos, lifted off from the Russian Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan under a cloudless sky. Roskosmos tweeted that everything had gone smoothly.The flight to the manned outpost 400 kilometres above Earth is expected to take eight days.It had long been unclear whether the 13-metre-long laboratory weighing more than 20 tons would ever be used; launch dates had been cancelled multiple times due to problems or a lack of money.As a multi-purpose module, Nauka is primarily intended for research and will dock with the Russian part of the station, the space agency Roscosmos announced, adding it will also serve as crew quarters with its own life support system. It also carries the European Robotic Arm (ERA) designed by the European Space Agency, and large solar panels.After docking with the ISS, several field missions by Russian cosmonauts are expected for its completion. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Anger, accusations worldwide as Pegasus spy scandal deepens Jul 22, 2021 0 390 California coronavirus hospitalisations hit highest point in months Jul 22, 2021 0 363 Inmates take guards hostage in Swedish prison, demand pizza Jul 22, 2021 0 50 Tunisian minister sacked after call for mass vaccination turns chaotic Tunis A rush on coronavirus vaccination centres that required police intervention and resulted in overcrowding and property damage was quickly followed by the dismissal of Tunisia’s health minister on Wednesday. .. WHO cites two studies showing danger, contagiousness of Delta variant Geneva The list of countries where the Delta variant of the coronavirus has been detected grew by 13 in the span of a week and now stands at 124, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO cited two studies on .. US extends travel restrictions at Canadian, Mexican borders Washington The US borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed at land and ferry crossings for at least another month as the pandemic continues to pose a threat to “human life or national interests,” federal .. Pfizer partners with Biovac for COVID vaccine delivery in Africa dpa New York City Pfizer BioNTech announced on Wednesday the signing of a letter of intent with Biovac Institute Ltd, a South African biopharmaceutical company, to manufacture the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for .. Infection rate still rising as Germany sees more than 2,200 new cases dpa Berlin The seven-day incidence rate of new infections per 100,000 residents has been rising steadily in Germany for more than two weeks. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for disease control and ..