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NASA RECEIVES KEYS TO ISS MODULE



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington                     June 18, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-4769)

Bruce Buckingham 
Kennedy Space Center, Fla. 
(Phone: 321/867-2468) 
 
Kylie Moritz 
Johnson Space Center, Houston 
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

RELEASE: 03-200

NASA RECEIVES KEYS TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION MODULE

     Two cornerstone components for future research and 
operations aboard the International Space Station are ready 
to begin integrated testing at the Kennedy Space Center 
(KSC). 

The European-built, NASA-owned "Node 2" and the Japanese 
Experiment Module (JEM) Pressurized Module will be linked up 
on the ground for a trial run, before they are launched to 
join the orbiting Space Station complex.

"We were all very pleased to see the two modules together in 
the Space Station Processing Facility today," said Bill 
Gerstenmaier, NASA's Station Program Manager. "Our teamwork 
and dedication to continuing the assembly of the Station 
shines through when a key milestone such as this is 
realized."

International Space Station Partner Program managers and 
representatives met at KSC this week to welcome the modules 
to the United States and to officially sign over ownership of 
Node 2 from the European Space Agency (ESA) to NASA. Node 2 
was built for NASA under a barter agreement with ESA. In 
exchange for Node 2, NASA will launch the European Columbus 
Laboratory on board a future Space Shuttle mission to the 
Space Station.

The arrival at KSC of the JEM and its lifeline to the Space 
Station, Node 2, coincided, so NASA can conduct multi-
element, integrated testing of the modules in the Space 
Station Processing Facility before they are prepared for 
launch.

The ground tests will validate the compatibility of the 
modules in distributing power and system resources between 
the research facilities. The installation of NASA's Node 2 
will signify the completion of the American portion of the 
International Space Station, known as U.S. Core Complete.

For information about the NASA, human space flight and the 
International Space Station on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov








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