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Space Shuttle Discovery Payload Bay by National Geographic

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National Geographic National Geographic
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1
Size
0.85 Gigapixels
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1795
Date added
Apr 08, 2012
Date taken
Dec 14, 2011
Categories
astrophotography, photojournalism
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At 15 feet (4.5 meters) wide and 60 feet (18 meters) long, the payload bay of Discovery carried cargo to and from space. The Hubble Space Telescope was launched to space from here, as were several pieces of the International Space Station (ISS). Payloads were usually loaded while the shuttle was vertical on the launchpad and not here in the Orbital Processing Facility (OPF).

Photographer: Susan Poulton


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