KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The Joint Airlock Module, sporting a NASA logo, and Space Lab Double Pallet are moved into the payload bay of Space Shuttle Atlantis for mission STS-104. Once installed and activated, the airlock becomes the primary path for International Space Station spacewalk entry and departure using U.S. spacesuits, which are known as Extravehicular Mobility Units, or EMUs. In addition, the Joint Airlock is designed to support the Russian Orlan spacesuit for EVA activity. The pallet contains two oxygen and two nitrogen High-Pressure Gas Tanks, which will be attached externally to the airlock during two of the STS-104 spacewalks. Launch of Atlantis is scheduled no earlier than July 12. (Photo Release Date: 06/26/2001 )
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