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ISS Payload Manager Answers Your Questions

ISS Mission Manager Scott Higginbotham answers questions during the webcast. Scott Higginbotham
ISS Payload Manager






1: Higginbotham introduction and first question.
First one is from Becca in Atlanta. What payloads will Discovery be carrying on this flight and will any of the astronauts be staying on the Space Station?
+ Answer (RealPlayer, 2.90 MB)

2. Well, Lynn in McLean asks, are there new parts of the Space Station aboard Discovery?
+ Answer (RealPlayer, 1.87 MB)

3. Brad from Pittsburgh wants to know what kind of supplies are packed in Raffaello for the Space Station? Is most of it food?
+ Answer (RealPlayer, 0.87 MB)

4. The next question is from Carol in Evansville. If perhaps the Space Shuttle Discovery did not launch on the 13th, how much of its supplies would have to be removed and then reloaded closer to its launch date?
+ Answer (RealPlayer, 1.16 MB)

5. Palak from Chicago wants to know what experiments is Discovery carrying on board?
+ Answer (RealPlayer, 2.32 MB)

6. Barbara from Baltimore asks how big is the Raffaello module and how much will it hold?
+ Answer (RealPlayer, 1.16 MB)

7. Here's a good question from Kevin in Ottawa: How are payloads given priority, given the space limitations for each Shuttle flight?
+ Answer (RealPlayer, 3.08 MB)

8. Well Paul from Providence wants to know what is the maximum payload weight the Shuttle can take on a normal, routine trip to space?
+ Answer (RealPlayer, 1.43 MB)

9. Chloe from Scranton asks why will the Space Station's robotic arm move the Raffaello module this time instead of how it was done in previous flights where the Space Shuttle's robotic arm was used? Is this a mechanical issue or related to a safety issue?
+ Answer (RealPlayer, 2.83 MB)

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