Answers Your Questions
From: Andrew McLellan, of Edmonton Alberta |
To: Wayne Hale, lead flight director
Question: Where can I find what the abreviations mean in the timeline of the shuttle? More specifically what does VRA stand for?
You have several options for determining the meaning of the abbreviations in the timeline. First, you can check under the "Cargo" heading for this flight:
The abbreviations for several of the payloads are listed here. Your second option is the "Reference" section:
On this website, you can access the "NASA Acronym List". Finally, you can search the Spaceflight website using the SEARCH THE SITE option on the main page (http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/index-n.html). There are several entries for VRA, which stands for Volatile Removal Assembly (VRA), because it was also flown on two MIR missions. The Volatile Removal Assembly is a water treatment system to be used for the recovery of water from the wastewater aboard the U.S. portion of the International Space Station.
Thanks for the questions,
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