KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- STS-98 Mission Specialist Robert Curbeam (left), Commander Ken Cockrell (center) and Mission Specialist Marsha Ivins (right) look over the U.S. Lab Destiny in the payload bay of the orbiter Atlantis. Behind Ivins is Scott Thurston, of the VITT office. The crew is at KSC for Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test activities, which also include a simulated launch countdown. A key element in the construction of the International Space Station, Destiny is a pressurized module designed to accommodate pressurized payloads. It has a capacity of 24 rack locations. Payload racks will occupy 13 locations especially designed to support experiments. The module already has five system racks installed inside. Launch of STS-98 on its 11-day mission is scheduled for Jan. 19 at 2:11 a.m. EST. (Photo Release Date: 01/06/2001 )
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