The Space Shuttle: A Science Enabler (and random)

The Space Shuttle: A Science Enabler (and random)

Earlier this morning the space Shuttle Discovery landed down in Florida. This particular mission carried the JAXA’s  Japanese Experiment Module (“Kibo” which means hope), to the International Space Station. This new addition to the ISS brings with it new opportunities for both pressured and exposed-to-space experiments. This is the third research module, after Destiny (US, 2001) and Columbus (ESA, 2008). This little module adds significant scientific capacity to the station and also provides Japan with its first foothold in manned space. The next space shuttle launch, currently scheduled for October 2008, will be the final servicing mission for the Hubble Space Telescope These two missions are of particular note because they are enabling...

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