RELEASE NO. 02-041
NOTE TO EDITORS:
MISSE-2 EXPOSES MATERIALS TO HARSH SPACE ENVIRONMENT
Astronauts at NASA Langley Research Center to Examine
The only way to test how materials will perform in space is to
test them in space. Laboratories can only simulate one or two space
environmental factors at a time.
When Shuttle Mission STS-114 lifts off from the Kennedy Space
Center in early 2003, it will carry the MISSE-2 payload. The
Materials International Space Station
Experiment consists of two "suitcases" full of materials
that will undergo a three-year exposure test in space. The cases,
called Passive Experiment Containers (PECs), will be clamped to the
exterior of the International Space Station by astronauts Stephen
Robinson and Soichi Noguchi during a spacewalk.