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international space station click to hear : international space station

Complex made up of some 10 modules in orbit around Earth; built and assembled by 15 countries, it is used to conduct scientific and technological research on weightlessness.
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mobile remote servicer crew return vehicle remote manipulator system Russian module photovoltaic arrays U.S. habitation module radiators truss structure U.S. laboratory remote manipulator system centrifuge module European experiment module mating adaptor Japanese experiment module

mobile remote servicer click to hear : mobile remote servicer

Base that supports the arm and allows it to move about the structure.

crew return vehicle click to hear : crew return vehicle

Vehicle used to bring the crew back to Earth in case of emergency.

remote manipulator system click to hear : remote manipulator system

This mechanical arm is used to lift heavy loads during the assembly of the station and to perform maintenance work.

Russian module click to hear : Russian module

Generates the station’s electrical energy using photovoltaic cells.

photovoltaic arrays click to hear : photovoltaic arrays

Panels that supply power to the station by transforming the Sun’s light into electrical current.

U.S. habitation module click to hear : U.S. habitation module

Designed to accommodate six persons; contains a kitchen, roomettes, a bathroom and first-aid equipment.

radiators click to hear : radiators

Corrugated panels ensuring heat evacuation from the station.

truss structure click to hear : truss structure

Truss frame attached to the U.S. laboratory.

U.S. laboratory click to hear : U.S. laboratory

Designed to carry out scientific activities, particularly in the life sciences and in physics.

remote manipulator system click to hear : remote manipulator system

Mechanical arm designed to conduct scientific experiments on the Japanese platform.

centrifuge module click to hear : centrifuge module

Module used to create variable artificial gravity, making it possible to study the effect of gravity levels on living organisms.

European experiment module click to hear : European experiment module

Designed to conduct research in the life and materials sciences, in physics and in numerous other technologies.

mating adaptor click to hear : mating adaptor

Connector on which the space shuttle orbiter docks during most of the station’s supply and assembly missions.

Japanese experiment module click to hear : Japanese experiment module

Designed to conduct research in the life sciences and in the science of matter; also equipped with a platform for outside experiments.