The last scientific experiment module on the International Space Station will be launched in the fall of 2020 aboard Japan’s HTV cargo spacecraft. The soon-to-be-launched space experiment module will be the last in orbit for the International Space Station, and its commissioning will represent the end of the era when the International Space Station played an important role in space research and space experimentation.
However, the media did not disclose the specific use of the soon-to-be-orbited scientific experimental module and other relevant details.
At present, the International Space Station has 16 modules in orbit, including the Russian space agency launched the Sugon functional cargo module, the Star service module, the dock docking warehouse, the search small research module, the Dawn small research module; The Leonardo permanent multi-function module and the Japanese space agency launched the hope good Japanese experimental module. These modules will complete such important tasks as space experiments, space survival, life support for astronauts, and earth-space station round-trip transportation.
According to Wikipedia, the first module of the International Space Station, the Sugon functional cargo module, was launched on 20 November 1998, and the subsequent launch of the Unity node module was docked with Sugon on 7 December 1998, the first step in the construction of the International Space Station. Incidentally, the last experimental module entered orbit on April 16, 2016, and the International Space Station has not added a “new member” for many years.
In the future, the International Space Agency, led by NASA, will shift its focus to the Artemis Project, which will complete the grand vision of a “march into Mars” by returning to the moon and establishing a permanent lunar base.