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The U.S. Laboratory Module, also known as Destiny, is designed to hold research hardware and associated supporting systems to allow scientific research on the ISS. Per NASA, “Destiny is the primary research laboratory for U.S. payloads, supporting a wide range of experiments and studies contributing to health, safety and quality of life for people all over the world.”
This high-fidelity mock-up was built by Astrotech Corporation, (formerly known as SPACEHAB Corporation) and is on loan from The Museum of Flight. The module is roughly 29 feet long, 15 feet in diameter and weight approximately 10 tons. The mock-up, just like the Destiny module on the ISS, includes 24 Payload Racks on the port, starboard, overhead, and deck. A tempered glass floor has been added to the mock-up for two reasons: to allow guests to travel through the module and still view the deck payload racks, as well to give the guests the impression of floating above the deck as if they were in space.
Eighteen of the 24 payload racks are two dimensional. Six of the racks are three dimensional consisting of the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG), Window Observational Research Facility (WORF), Treadmill with Vibration Isolation and Stabilization System (TVIS), Human Research Facility (HRF), Zero-G Stowage Rack (restrains loose equipment), and the Temporary Sleep Station, TeSS (keeps astronauts from floating around during sleep).
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