Paris, France (ESA) Mar 02, 2011
After a flawless launch last Thursday and a textbook docking on Saturday, the Space Shuttle has delivered the European-built Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module to the International Space Station.
This final flight of Discovery marks the eighth and final trip of Leonardo to the orbiting complex. This visit will be longer: the module will be left attached to the Station as a permanent extension.
Originally built to ferry cargo to and from the Station in the Shuttle cargo bay, Leonardo's modifications include improved debris shielding and easier access by the crew to its internal equipment.
Leonardo flew into space for the first time in 2001, also on Discovery, as the first of three Multipurpose Logistics Modules built by the Italian space agency, ASI, under an agreement with NASA.
Its final cargo for the Station includes an experiment rack and a range of stowage facilities. Leonardo can also support microgravity research into fluid physics, materials science, biology and biotechnology.
Leonardo was removed from the Shuttle's cargo bay using the Station's robotic arm and mated to the Earth-facing port of the Unity node. Attachment was called complete at 16:05 CET.
Discovery is scheduled to return to Earth on 8 March.
Share This Article With Planet Earth
Life in Space at ESA
Station at NASA
Station and More at Roscosmos
S.P. Korolev RSC Energia
Watch NASA TV via Space.TV
Space Station News at Space-Travel.Com
Boiling Bubbles Are Cool In Space
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 01, 2011
It may seem illogical, but boiling is a very efficient way to cool engineering components and systems used in the extreme environments of space. An experiment to gain a basic understanding of this phenomena launched to the International Space Station on space shuttle Discovery Feb. 24. The Nucleate Pool Boiling Experiment, or NPBX, is one of two experiments in the new Boiling eXperiment Fa ... read more
NASA Earth observation satellite fails to reach orbit|
Russia Lacks Enough Carrier Rockets To Fulfill 2011 Launch Plans
NASA Assessing New Launch Dates For The Glory Mission
Successful Launch Of REXUS 9
'Oddly' shaped Mars crater is studied
Opportunity Hits The Road Again
Russia To Probe Major Planets Before 2023
Advanced NASA Instrument Gets Close-up On Mars Rocks
China Expects To Launch Fifth Lunar Probe Change-5 In 2017
The Great Moonbuggy Race
Venus And Crescent Moon Pair Up At Dawn
84 Student Teams Set to Roll At 18th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Can WISE Find The Hypothetical Tyche In Distant Oort Cloud
Theory: Solar system has another planet
Launch Plus Five Years: A Ways Traveled, A Ways To Go
Mission To Pluto And Beyond Marks 10 Years Since Project Inception
Meteorite Tells Of How Planets Are Born In A Swirl Of Dust
Planet Formation In Action
'Missing' element gives planet birth clues
'Wandering' planets may have water, life
Weather scrubs launch of robot space plane
SwRI Signs Up For 8 Reusable Suborbital Launches
X-37B Set For Launch
Russia Grounds Launches Of Rokot Carrier Rocket
China setting up new rocket production base
China's Tiangong-1 To Be Launched By Modified Long March II-F Rocket
China Expects To Launch Fifth Lunar Probe Chang'e-5 In 2017
China's "Fantastic Four" Moon Plan
PS1 Telescope Establishes Near-Earth Asteroid Discovery Record
Record number of asteroids spotted
NASA Releases Images Of Man-Made Crater On Comet
Spectacular Flyby Of Comet Tempel 1 Tests Lockheed Built Spacecraft
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement|