Will Increase Space Allocated To Science On The Station
NASA and the Italian Space Agency announced a new use for an
existing Multi Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) known as "Leonardo."
It will be transformed into a Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM)
for the International Space Station.
Leonardo Module On Shuttle Robotic
For nearly a decade, the Italian-built logistic modules have
flown inside the payload bays of NASA's shuttle fleet, successfully
delivering vital hardware and supplies to the station. The new use
for this proven carrier will enhance the use of the station.
Leonardo will undergo modifications to ensure safe, long-term
operation as the PMM, and to increase the amount of mass it can
carry to orbit. The supply-laden PMM will be flown aboard shuttle
Discovery during the STS-133 mission in September and attached to
The added space within the PMM will enable efficient positioning
of experiments throughout the station complex. Inside the PMM,
experiments in fluid physics, materials science, biology,
biotechnology and other microgravity experiments may be