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Goodbye to Pirs


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Sadly, not Morgan.


The ISS's Russian Pirs docking compartment has been decommissioned and will be separated from the structure within the next few weeks. Assuming the launch of the long-awaited Nauka module goes according to plan, Progress MS-16, currently docked with Pirs, will pull it away from the rest of the ISS and de-orbit it to burn up in the atmosphere. Nauka will then take Pirs's place.


On 2 June cosmonauts Novitsky and Duprov carried out a 7hr 19min EVA to disconnect external power cables and clear the way for the switchover.


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