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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Japanese Kibo Readied for ISS

An an elaborate $3-billion Japanese science laboratory known as "Kibo" - a Japanese word for "hope," is being readied for launch to the International Space Station at the Kennedy Space Center after arrival Monday.

Kibo includes a bus-sized pressurized module where astronauts can conduct microgravity, life science and engineering experiments, an exposed platform for experiments outside the station, storage vessels and a small robotic arm to tend to outside experiments without the need for a spacewalk.

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, known as JAXA, has anticipated that the space lab will be attached by the space shuttle to the space station later this year but the recent delays may push the first of three lab assembly missions into early 2008. Kibō is the largest single ISS module in the station assembly now planned.

Space Station assembly has progressed slowly since 1998. The $100-billion international construction project [construction video] is expected it to be complete with the last space shuttle mission in 2010. Once complete, the space station will easily be seen from Earth, [video].

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

may i ask when was this written?