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December 15, 1998

John Ira Petty
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

Release: J98-57

Space Station Test Article on Display

The structural test article of a section of the International Space Station truss will be on display for Johnson Space Center employees and news media representatives on Wednesday, December 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The truss is the backbone of the space station, linking the pressurized modules with the solar power arrays.

The test article has been undergoing vibro-acoustic testing in Johnson Space Center's Building 49 for the past six weeks. While it is not the actual flight article, it is identical to the center segment of the 300-foot truss, attached to the U.S. Laboratory. It is to be launched on Shuttle mission STS-108/8A, currently targeting a January, 2001 launch. International Space Station engineers will be on hand at Building 49 to answer questions.

Media representatives interested in seeing the flight test article should call the Johnson Space Center newsroom at 281-483-5111 no later than 5 p.m. December 15.


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