KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- This closeup reveals the tight clearance between an elbow camera on the robotic arm (left) and the U.S. Lab Destiny when the payload bay doors are closed. Measurements of the elbow camera revealed only a one-inch clearance from the U.S. Lab payload, which is under review. A key element in the construction of the International Space Station, Destiny is 28 feet long and weighs 16 tons. Destiny will be attached to the Unity node on the ISS using the Shuttle’s robot arm, with the help of the camera. This research and command-and-control center is the most sophisticated and versatile space laboratory ever built. It will ultimately house a total of 23 experiment racks for crew support and scientific research. Destiny will fly on STS-98, the seventh construction flight to the ISS. Launch of STS-98 is scheduled for Jan. 19 at 2:11 a.m. EST. (Photo Release Date: 01/11/2001 )
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