A payload canister, seen here half-open, containing the primary payloads for the STS-87 mission, is moved into the Payload Changeout Room at Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center. The STS-87 payload includes the United States Microgravity Payload-4 (USMP-4), seen here on two Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structures in the center of the photo, and Spartan-201, wrapped in a protective covering directly above the USMP-4 experiments. Spartan-201 is a small retrievable satellite involved in research to study the interaction between the Sun and its wind of charged particles. USMP-4 is one of a series of missions designed to conduct scientific research aboard the Shuttle in the unique microgravity environment for extended periods of time. In the past, USMP missions have provided invaluable experience in the design of instruments needed for the International Space Station (ISS) and microgravity programs to follow in the 21st century. STS-87 is scheduled for launch Nov. 19. (Photo Release Date: 10/27/97 )
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