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Modules Arrive At Kennedy Space Center



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-4769)

Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

Kylie Moritz
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)


 June 3, 2003  
RELEASE : 03-190 

 

International Space Station Modules Arrive At Kennedy Space Center 

After traveling thousands of miles, two major components of the
International Space Station completed the first leg of a journey that
will eventually end 240 miles above the Earth. NASA's Node 2, built for
the agency by the European Space Agency (ESA) in Italy, and the
Pressurized Module of the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) arrived in
Florida and are being transported to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) this
week.

"Delivery of these components, built in Europe and Japan, to KSC for
integrated testing prior to flight is yet another indication of the
significant global cooperation and proactive planning required for
successful operation of the International Space Station program," said
Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA's Station Program Manager. "Their arrival in the
United States signifies the Space Station international partnership is
continuing to move forward with the steps necessary to construct our
unique research platform in space," he said.

The arrival of Node 2, the next pressurized module to be installed on
the Station, sets in motion the final steps toward completing assembly
of essential U.S. components. When installed, Node 2 will increase the
living and working space inside the Space Station to approximately
18,000 cubic feet. It will also allow the addition of international
laboratories from Europe and Japan.

The Pressurized Module is the first element of the JEM, named "Kibo"
(Hope), to be delivered to KSC. The JEM is Japan's primary contribution
to the Station. It will enhance the unique research capabilities of the
orbiting complex by providing an additional environment for astronauts
to conduct science experiments.

The JEM also includes an exposed facility (platform) for space
environment experiments, a robotic manipulator system, and two logistics
modules. The various JEM components will be assembled in space over the
course of three Shuttle missions. 

An Airbus Beluga heavy-lift aircraft, carrying Node 2, departed May 30
from Turin, Italy, where the Italian Space Agency's (ASI) contractor,
Alenia Spazio, built it. Following post-transportation inspections, ASI
will formally transfer ownership of Node 2 to ESA, which, in turn, will
sign it over to NASA.

The container transport ship carrying JEM departed May 2 from Yokohama
Harbor in Japan for the voyage to the United States. The National Space
Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) developed the laboratory at the
Tsukuba Space Center near Tokyo.

Later this summer, integrated testing will confirm module compatibility
and, ultimately, lead to pre-launch processing at KSC's Space Station
Processing Facility.

NASA International Space Station program managers will host a welcoming
ceremony for the modules and international partner representatives from
ESA, ASI and NASDA June 18. 

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