The International Space Station may soon win a new module, with room for sports and medical research. The idea came from the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IBMP RAS), according to the Space Daily website.
At the moment, all EEI Russian segment fitness equipment is located in the Zvezda module, where there is also a bathroom, dining table and central control, as well as sleeping cabins. With the news, there would be more space and comfort for the crew, as well as greater possibility to monitor their health.
According to the deputy chief design officer of IBMP RAS Yevgenia Yarmanova, the initial plans included the construction of two scientific modules, called PMS, one dedicated exclusively to the medical field, where regular examinations would be performed in cosmonauts and biomedical studies.
Russians will have expanded area at ISS soon. (Source: Pixabay)
However, Roscosmos (Russian space agency) did not carry out the plans, according to the publication, choosing to use only one module in the ISS, with space divided between sports and health equipment. There is no forecast as to when it will be installed.
Russian Space Station?
Launched in November 1998, the International Space Station could be decommissioned in the next decade, when many of its components will be nearing the end of their useful lives. If there are no new investments, its operations should be greatly reduced from 2024.
If the ISS is actually discontinued, Roscosmos has plans to separate modules from the Russian segment and form the Russian National Orbital Station at its base, expanding the area with two more modules to be launched in the future.
In addition to the Russians, the consortium that manages the ISS is currently formed by NASA, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
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