Tue, Jul 24, 2007
First US Pressurized Component Added Since 2001
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration say the space
shuttle Discovery and the STS-120 crew is all set to increase the
size of the International Space Station in October.
The Italian-built Node 2 module was named Harmony by a public
school competition, as ANN reported.
The six-sided unity module links the US and Russian sections of
the station and will provide attachment points for Japanese and
European laboratory units. Those units are scheduled to be launched
later this year and early next, according to United Press
"It's the gateway to the international partners," Lead Space
Station Flight Director Derek Hassman said. "As the station is
configured today, there's nowhere to put all the international
partner modules until we deliver and activate Node 2. That's the
piece that makes the rest possible."
The Harmony module measures 23-foot-by-14-foot and will be the
first new U.S. pressurized component to be added since the Quest
Airlock was attached in 2001.
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