Walkaround #1043

International Space Station Modules

These photos were taken by Justin Davenport at the Kennedy Space Center Space Station Processing Facility in the summer of 2007.

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This is a shot of the Hab module mockup in the SSPF visitors gallery  This is the interior of the Lab module mockup.  These mockups are the same size as the actual Destiny module on ISS These racks are similar to what you'd see aboard Destiny and other ISS modules These racks are flown up on Shuttle flights and installed by astronauts

One major area of research is growth of plants in space for self sustaining ecosystems to support longer missions to places like Mars   How do you go to the bathroom in space?  Here's one possible answer  Here's the outside of the Lab mockup.  Note the yellowish half-disc - it is a fitting that attaches the module to the shuttle payload bay   Now to the really good stuff.  Here's the Columbus lab module - the Europeans' main contribution to ISS.  Yes, this is a picture of the Real Thing, which will go up aboard the shuttle Atlantis - flight STS-122 - scheduled for December 6th as of the time of this writing    


This is the other end of the Columbus module.  The module is covered by silver debris shields to protect against micrometeorites and space debris This is the Japanese logistics module.  It's a smaller module placed atop a much larger module (not pictured) called Kibo.  This smaller element is scheduled to fly in February 2008 aboard the shuttle Endeavour - flight STS-123 One of the MPLM logistics modules - which launch and return aboard the shuttle - is pictured in the foreground.  In the background is the Harmony module scheduled to fly late this month - October 23 - aboard the shuttle Discovery - flight STS-120 The object wrapped in the background is the S5 truss which is now in space after being launched aboard the shuttle Endeavour two months after this picture was taken.  I took these pictures from a gallery above the main working floor of the SSPF, and I had to keep my flash off as per safety regulations

Photos and text by Justin Davenport