Sunday, July 19, 2009

Cargo Carrier moved from Endeavour

Crews aboard the space shuttle Endeavour grappled a platform full of experiments and lifted it from its payload bay for attachment to the international space station later today.

The 8300-pound Integrated Cargo Carrier – Vertical Light Deployable supports a whole host of science experiments which will all be off loaded from the carrier and onto the newly installed Japanese Experiment Facility. The JEF was attached to the Kibo module last night, and it will act as a host to a series of experiments which need to be exposed to the vacuum of space.

The 13-foot long ICC-VLD was removed from Endeavour this morning and will be handed off to the station's robot arm at about 11:05 am.

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