Answers Your Questions
| From: Toby Guiles, of Elbridge
To: Paul Dye, flight director for the orbit 2 team
Question: I visited KSC in March of this year and saw some modules being assembled for the International Space Station. Were any of these modules aboard STS-96?
Answer: No new modules were launched on STS-96. The primary mission of this flight is to transfer a lot of gear and supplies to the space station. Among the many items are laptops and a printer, cameras, maintenance tools, spare parts, and even clothing. These items can't be launched inside the modules because of weight constraints. Crewmembers Tammy Jernigan and Dan Barry will also perform a spacewalk to transfer spacewalk tools and hardware to the outside of the station. The next module to be attached to the station is the Russian-built Service Module, currently scheduled for launch at the end of this year.
Karina Shook, EVA Flight Controller