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Payload Bay


      the area inside the space shuttle orbiter where cargo was packed


The payload bay doors were opened to help cool the shuttle after it was in orbit.

The payload bay held large cargo going to the space station.



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A space shuttle's payload bay can be seen through open doors
As the space shuttle Discovery flies near the International Space Station for docking, its payload bay doors are open. The Leonardo Multipurpose Logistics Module is resting inside the payload bay.
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