International Space Station Flight LF1
Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Multi-Purpose Logistics Module will be making its third trip to
the International Space Station during STS-114. The module will
be filled with equipment and supplies to support future crews
and their activities aboard the Station.
Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, shown here during
STS-108, is the metal cylinder at the back of the Space Shuttle's
payload bay, near the tail of the spacecraft.|
which was provided by the Italian Space Agency, is the primary
payload for STS-114. It is one of three such pressurized modules
that serve as the ISS' "moving vans," carrying laboratory racks
filled with equipment, experiments and supplies to and from the
station aboard the Space Shuttle.
reusable logistics modules function as both a cargo carrier and
a Space Station module when flown. Mounted in the Space Shuttle's
cargo bay for launch and landing, they are berthed to the Station
using the Shuttle's robotic arm after the Shuttle has docked.
While berthed to the Station, racks of equipment are unloaded
from the module and then old racks and equipment may be reloaded
to be taken back to Earth.