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  • Kennedy Space Center: ISS Destiny Module

    The above photo is from October 2000 at the Kennedy Space Center of the Destiny module for the International Space Station.

    The Destiny module was launched in February 2001 aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Once it was attached to the Unity module and activated, it became NASA’s first permanent orbital research station since Skylab in 1974. This module is where the U.S. performs most of its research on board the ISS. At the time this module was added, it increased liveable space onboard the ISS by nearly 50%. Several years after Destiny was installed, the Harmony module was attached to the forward end of Destiny.

    In addition to being the home of most U.S. scientific experiments, the Destiny module also contains a one of a kind observation window and the control center for the station’s robotic arm. The window is made from telescopic quality glass and is the clearest glass ever flown in space. The robotic arm is a much larger and more capable version of the robotic arms of the Space Shuttles.

  • Leonardo MPLM/PMM for the International Space Station

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    Above is a picture I took at Kennedy Space Center in October 2000 of the Leonardo module for the International Space Station. Originally it was known as the Leonardo MPLM or MPLM-1 (MPLM standing for Multi-Purpose Logistics Module). It was built in Italy and designed to carry cargo to the ISS onboard the Space Shuttle. In other words, it was a fancy cargo container. Because it had to also function as a space station module it included life support, fire detection and suppression, electrical distribution and computer components. So it was a VERY fancy cargo container. It would be removed from the Shuttle’s cargo bay in orbit and attached to the ISS so that new supplies could be offloaded and trash or other things that needed to be returned to Earth could be loaded onto it. It would then be detached, reloaded into the Space Shuttle and returned home.

    Leonardo was one of three MPLMs and it was the first one launched in 2001. It made a total of eight trips to the ISS, the last being in 2011. After it’s second to last flight in 2010, it was modified so that on its last flight it could become a permanent part of the ISS.

    After modifications, it became known as the Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module (or PMM). It was initially connected to the Earth facing port of the Unity module in 2011 and later relocated to the forward facing port of the Tranquility module. This was so that the Unity port can be used for future manned NASA flights. Today, Leonardo is used to store spare parts, supplies and trash. Still, not bad for a former cargo container.

  • Astronaut Dave Scott, March 6, 1969

    Astronaut Dave Scott enjoys the view from the open hatch of the Apollo 9 command module during, March 6, 1969. (NASA)