KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- On Launch Pad 39A, two Hitchhiker Experiments Advancing Technology (HEAT) payloads are loaded onto Discoverys port adapter beam in the payload bay. At left is the Space Experiment Module, an educational initiative to increase educational access to space. The canister contains up to 10 small, enclosed modules that contain separate, passive experiments designed and constructed by students. Many of the experiments will study the growing characteristics of plants subjected to the space environment. At right is the Get Away Special canister containing the Alkali Metal Thermal-to-Electric Converter (AMTEC), designed for efficient conversion of heat into electrical energy. The HEAT payloads are flying on mission STS-105, scheduled to launch Aug. 9, 2001. (Photo Release Date: 07/27/2001 )
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