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International Space Station to get third robotic arm

Image: European Space Agency

Appendage made in Europe will be able to reach and service the station’s Russian modules

The International Space Station is set to get a third robotic arm, after a mission to deliver a new unit called the European Robotic Arm lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 21 July.

Once in service, the arm will be the first that can work on the ISS’s Russian-made modules. The station has two other limbs that help it to manoeuvre crew, craft and cargo, but neither can reach the Russian parts.

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