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Topic: space shuttle payloads

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Satellite deployment during STS-5

Satellite deployment during STS-5

STS005-38-943 (17 Nov. 1982) --- The Satellite Business Systems (SBS-3) satellte is deployed from its protective cradle in the cargo bay of the space shuttle Columbia. Part of Columbia's wings can be seen on bo... more

View of the Telesat-F deployment

View of the Telesat-F deployment

STS007-18-770 (18-24 June 1983) --- Telesat-F communications satellite is just about to clear the vertical stabilizer of the Earth-orbiting Space Shuttle Challenger to begin its way toward its Earth-orbital destination.

STS-8 payload flight test article prior to shipment to KSC

STS-8 payload flight test article prior to shipment to KSC

STS-8 payload flight test article (PFTA) shown prior to shipment to Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The PFTA is designed to simulate the larger cargos scheduled for later flights.

Palapa-B communications satellite launched from the Shuttle Challenger

Palapa-B communications satellite launched from the Shuttle Challenger

S83-35764 (19 June 1983) --- The Indonesian Palapa B communications satellite is just about to clear the vertical stabilizer of the Earth-orbiting Space Shuttle Challenger to begin its way toward its Earth-orbi... more

View of the Payload Flight Test Article (PFTA) installed in cargo bay

View of the Payload Flight Test Article (PFTA) installed in cargo bay

View of the Payload Flight Test Article (PFTA) installed into Challenger's cargo bay in the Payload Changeout Room at Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The American flag is visible on one side of the P... more

Close up view of the PFTA being lifted out of the payload bay

Close up view of the PFTA being lifted out of the payload bay

STS008-35-1239 (30 Aug.-5 Sept. 1983) --- The space shuttle Challenger?s payload flight test article (PFTA) is lifted from the cargo bay and held over clouds and water on Earth. The 70mm frame was photographed ... more

View of the INSAT/PAM-D being deployed

View of the INSAT/PAM-D being deployed

STS008-49-1722 (30 Aug-5 Sept 1983) --- The Indian National Satellite (INSAT) is about to clear the Earth-orbiting Space Shuttle Challenger this 70mm frame exposed with a handheld camera from the aft flight dec... more

View of the INSAT/PAM-D being deployed

View of the INSAT/PAM-D being deployed

STS008-49-1724 (31 Aug 1983) --- The Indian National Satellite (INSAT) is about to clear the vertical stabilizer of the Earth-orbiting Space Shuttle Challenger and on its way to a higher orbit. The STS-8 missi... more

STS-9 crewmembers work in the Spacelab 1 module

STS-9 crewmembers work in the Spacelab 1 module

STS009-03-093 (28 Nov-8 Dec 1983) --- A mission specialist and two payload specialists busy themselves in the Spacelab 1 module aboard the Earth orbiting Space Shuttle Columbia. Left to right are Payload Speci... more

View of the Spacelab module in the payload bay of the Columbia during STS-9

View of the Spacelab module in the payload bay of the Columbia during ...

STS009-32-1112 (28 Nov-8 Dec 1983) --- A handheld Hasselblad camera was aimed through the aft windows on the flight deck of Columbia for this initially released scene of the active Spacelab module in the cargo ... more

Model showing OSTA-3 and other payloads in the shuttle orbiter cargo bay

Model showing OSTA-3 and other payloads in the shuttle orbiter cargo b...

Model showing OSTA-3 and other payloads in the open shuttle orbiter cargo bay.

Deployment of the SBS-4 communications satellite

Deployment of the SBS-4 communications satellite

41D-36-034 (30 Aug 1984) --- Less than nine hours after the first launch of the Discovery, its astronaut crewmembers photographed deployment of the SBS-4 communications satellite. The cylindrical spacecraft sp... more

Deployment of the Telstar communications satellite

Deployment of the Telstar communications satellite

41D-37-050 (1 Sept 1984) --- Telstar, the third of three satellites to be placed into space via the Earth-orbiting Discovery, departs from the cargo bay of the manned vehicle during 41-D's third day in space. ... more

Scene of an extended solar array experiment (SAE) panel during OAST-1

Scene of an extended solar array experiment (SAE) panel during OAST-1

Scene of an extended solar array experiment (SAE) panel during the OAST-1 experiment. View was shot from the orbiter window by one of the STS 41-D crewmembers.

Documentation of STS 41-G payloads while in Hanger AE at Cape Canaveral

Documentation of STS 41-G payloads while in Hanger AE at Cape Canavera...

Documentation of STS 41-G payloads while in Hanger AE at Cape Canaveral. Views include documentation of the Earth Radiation Budget Satllite (ERBS) antenna (41266) and solar array panels (41265).

View of Spacelab 2 pallet in the open payload bay

View of Spacelab 2 pallet in the open payload bay

51F-33-005 (29 July - 6 August 1985) --- Experiments and the instrument pointing system (IPS) for Spacelab 2 are backdropped against the Libya/Tunisia Mediterranean coast and black space in this 70mm view photo... more

Astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz checking payload bay through aft deck window

Astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz checking payload bay through aft deck wi...

61C-02-032 (12-18 Jan. 1986) --- Astronaut Franklin R. Chang-Diaz, STS-61C mission specialist, while checking cargo in the space shuttle Columbia's payload bay, turns to smile at a fellow crew member using a 35... more

STS-29 tracking and data relay satellite D (TDRS-D) mating at KSC VPF

STS-29 tracking and data relay satellite D (TDRS-D) mating at KSC VPF

S89-27382 (29 Dec 1988) --- Technicians and engineers in the Kennedy Space Center's Vertical Processing Facility prepare to participate in the mating of the STS-29 tracking and data relay satellite (TDRS-D) wit... more

STS-29 tracking and data relay satellite (TDRS) in OV-103's payload bay (PLB)

STS-29 tracking and data relay satellite (TDRS) in OV-103's payload ba...

STS029-71-000AE (13-18 March 1989) --- STS-29 onboard view shows Space Shuttle Discovery's payload bay with tracking and data relay satellite D (TDRS-D) in stowed, pre-deployment position. In this head-on view,... more

Astronaut Ronald Sega with Wake Shield Facility on test stand at JSC

Astronaut Ronald Sega with Wake Shield Facility on test stand at JSC

The Wake Shield Facility is displayed on a test stand at JSC. Astronaut Ronald M. Sega, mission specialist for STS-60, is seen with the facility during a break in testing in the acoustic and vibration facility at JSC.

Wake Shield Facility on test stand at JSC

Wake Shield Facility on test stand at JSC

Pictured on a test stand at JSC is the Wake Shield Facility scheduled to fly on STS-60.

STS-46 Tethered Satellite System 1 (TSS-1) satellite deployment from OV-104

STS-46 Tethered Satellite System 1 (TSS-1) satellite deployment from O...

STS046-73-052 (4 Aug 1992) --- A 70mm handheld camera was used by the crew members to capture this medium close-up view of early operations with the Tethered Satellite System (TSS). The sphere can be seen movi... more

STS-56 onorbit view of Discovery's, OV-103's, payload bay with ATLAS-2 pallet

STS-56 onorbit view of Discovery's, OV-103's, payload bay with ATLAS-2...

STS056-91-050 (8-17 April 1993) --- This 70mm frame shows the cargo bay of the Earth-orbiting Space Shuttle Discovery backdropped against clouds. Most of the elements of the ATLAS-2 payload can be seen, but mi... more

STS-59 payload SIR-C/X-SAR  antenna view

STS-59 payload SIR-C/X-SAR antenna view

S93-48551 (October 1993) --- The Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C and X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) antenna, developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) as part of NASA's Mission to Planet Earth ... more

View of payloads in the STS-60 Discovery's payload bay while in orbit

View of payloads in the STS-60 Discovery's payload bay while in orbit

STS060-15-003 (3-11 Feb 1994) --- This 35mm frame shows the major payloads of the Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-60 mission, backdropped against clouds over the Atlantic Ocean. In the foreground is the SPACEHAB... more

Wake Shield Facility in grasp of the Remote Manipulator System

Wake Shield Facility in grasp of the Remote Manipulator System

STS060-74-054 (3-11 Feb 1994) --- The Wake Shield Facility (WSF) is held in the grasp of Discovery's Remote Manipulator System (RMS). The 70mm image, backdropped against the blackness of space, also shows the ... more

Astronauts Thuot and Ivins work with the Dexterous End Effector (DEE)

Astronauts Thuot and Ivins work with the Dexterous End Effector (DEE)

STS062-05-035 (4-18 March 1994) --- This 35mm frame, photographed on the aft flight deck of the earth-orbiting Space Shuttle Columbia, captures crew activity with the Dexterous End Effector (DEE) on the Remote ... more

Space Radar Laboratory photos taken at Kennedy Space Center

Space Radar Laboratory photos taken at Kennedy Space Center

S94-30392 (16 Feb 1994) --- The Space Radar Laboratory-1 (SRL-1) is being transferred from the payload canister transporter into the payload bay of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. SRL-1 will be launched on STS-59... more

STS-59 Endeavour's aft cargo bay in orbit

STS-59 Endeavour's aft cargo bay in orbit

STS059-50-011 (9-20 April 94) --- A greenish appearing aurora forms the backdrop for this 35mm scene of the Earth orbiting Space Shuttle Endeavour's aft cargo bay. Featured in the bay are the antennae for the ... more

Astronaut Mark Lee monitors LITE at work in cargo bay

Astronaut Mark Lee monitors LITE at work in cargo bay

STS064-08-016 (9-20 Sept. 1994) --- Astronaut Mark C. Lee monitors the Lidar In-Space Technology Experiment (LITE) at work in the space shuttle Discovery's cargo bay. The mission specialist is surrounded by cam... more

STS-64 Discovery's cargo bay in-flight

STS-64 Discovery's cargo bay in-flight

STS064-90-031 (9-20 Sept. 1994) --- Backdropped against the darkness of space beneath Earth's horizon 130 nautical miles away, the cargo bay of the space shuttle Discovery and its related payloads were captured... more

CRISTA-SPAS payload in the payload bay of STS-66 shuttle Atlantis

CRISTA-SPAS payload in the payload bay of STS-66 shuttle Atlantis

Clouds over the Atlantic Ocean serve as the backdrop for this 70mm scene of the Cryogenic Infrared Spectrometers and Telescopes for the Atmosphere (CRISTA), attached to the Shuttle Pallet System (SPAS). CRISTA-... more

CRISTA-SPAS payload on the STS-66 shuttle Atlantis RMS arm

CRISTA-SPAS payload on the STS-66 shuttle Atlantis RMS arm

STS066-96-030 (3-14 Nov 1994) --- Masses of clouds serve as the backdrop for this close-up 70mm scene of the Cryogenic Infrared Spectrometers and Telescopes for the Atmosphere (CRISTA), attached to the Shuttle ... more

CRISTA-SPAS payload in the payload bay of STS-66 shuttle Atlantis

CRISTA-SPAS payload in the payload bay of STS-66 shuttle Atlantis

STS066-129-043 (3-14 Nov 1994) --- Clouds over the Atlantic Ocean serve as the backdrop for this 70mm scene of the Cryogenic Infrared Spectrometers and Telescopes for the Atmosphere (CRISTA), attached to the Sh... more

ATLAS-3 payload in the payload bay of STS-66 shuttle Atlantis in orbit

ATLAS-3 payload in the payload bay of STS-66 shuttle Atlantis in orbit

STS066-129-005 (3-14 Nov 1994) --- Clouds over the Atlantic Ocean serve as the backdrop for this 70mm scene of the Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science (ATLAS-3) payload in the cargo bay of the E... more

View of STS-63 Discovery payload bay

View of STS-63 Discovery payload bay

STS063-716-025 (9 Feb. 1995) --- In tail-to Earth mode, the Space Shuttle Discovery is backdropped against dark space, Sunburst and massive clouds over the ocean. The Spartan 204 is visible in the cargo bay. T... more

SPARTAN 204 freeflying during STS-63 mission

SPARTAN 204 freeflying during STS-63 mission

The blackness of space and part of Earth's horizon form the backdrop for this 70mm frame of the free-flying SPARTAN 204 mission. Carried into space by the STS-63 crewmembers, the satellite was later re-captured... more

View of ASTRO-2 payload in cargo bay of STS-67 Endeavour

View of ASTRO-2 payload in cargo bay of STS-67 Endeavour

STS067-713-072 (2-18 March 1995) --- This 70mm cargo bay scene, backdropped against a desert area of Namibia, typifies the view that daily greeted the Astro-2 crew members during their almost 17-days aboard the... more

ASTRO-2 payload in Space Shuttle Endeavour's cargo bay

ASTRO-2 payload in Space Shuttle Endeavour's cargo bay

STS067-371-028 (2-18 March 1995) --- This 35mm lunar-illuminated scene of the Astro-2 payload in the Space Shuttle Endeavour's cargo bay was recorded by one of by the seven crew members during one of the many n... more

TSS-1R deployment

TSS-1R deployment

STS075-701-087 (25 Feb. 1996) --- A medium close-up view, captured with a 70mm camera, shows the Tethered Satellite System (TSS) and part of its supportive boom device prior to deployment operations. On Feb. 25... more

TSS-1R during deployment

TSS-1R during deployment

STS075-711-024 (25 Feb. 1996) --- The Tethered Satellite System (TSS) is seen as it is reeled out during early stages of deployment operations. The crew deployed the TSS, which later broke free. The seven mem... more

Tethered Satellite System (TSS)-1R survey photography

Tethered Satellite System (TSS)-1R survey photography

STS075-325-014 (25 Feb. 1996) --- The frayed end of the tether portion of the Tethered Satellite System (TSS) is seen at the end of the supportive boom. On February 25, 1996, the crew deployed the TSS, which la... more

View of the Wake Shield Facility back dropped against the Southern Lights

View of the Wake Shield Facility back dropped against the Southern Lig...

STS060-09-024 (3-11 Feb 1994) --- As the Space Shuttle Discovery flew over a point between New Zealand and Australia, one of the STS-60 crew members used a 35mm camera to capture this image featuring three-four... more

Space Shuttle Payloads: Kennedy Space Center was the hub for the final preparation and launch of the space shuttle and its payloads. The shuttle carried a wide variety of payloads into Earth orbit. Not all payloads were installed in the shuttle's cargo bay. In-cabin payloads were carried in the shuttle's middeck. Cargo bay payloads were typically large payloads which did not require a pressurized environment, such as interplanetary space probes, earth-orbiting satellites, scientific laboratories and International Space Station trusses and components. Poster designed by Kennedy Space Center Graphics Department/Greg Lee. Credit: NASA KSC-2012-1863

Space Shuttle Payloads: Kennedy Space Center was the hub for the final...

Space Shuttle Payloads: Kennedy Space Center was the hub for the final preparation and launch of the space shuttle and its payloads. The shuttle carried a wide variety of payloads into Earth orbit. Not all payl... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – As seen on Google Maps, the Rotating Service Structure at Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center housed space shuttle payloads temporarily so they could be loaded inside the 60-foot-long cargo bay of a shuttle before launch. The RSS, as the structure was known, was hinged to the Fixed Service Structure on one side and rolled on a rail on the other. As its name suggests, the enclosed facility would rotate into place around the shuttle as it stood at the launch pad. Once in place, the RSS protected the shuttle and its cargo. Google precisely mapped the space center and some of its historical facilities for the company's map page. The work allows Internet users to see inside buildings at Kennedy as they were used during the space shuttle era. Photo credit: Google/Wendy Wang KSC-2013-3236

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – As seen on Google Maps, the Rotating Service St...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – As seen on Google Maps, the Rotating Service Structure at Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center housed space shuttle payloads temporarily so they could be loaded inside the 60... more