Payload Bay
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. Image Credit: NASA

      the area inside the space shuttle orbiter where cargo is packed

The payload bay doors are opened after the space shuttle is in orbit to help cool the shuttle.

Large cargo going to the space station is held in the payload bay.

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