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U.S. Module to Offer Long-Term Lab Space

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Science  19 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5503, pp. 414-415
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5503.414b

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CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA-- After 17 years of planning, dozens of reviews and redesigns, and billions of dollars, the U.S. scientific centerpiece of the international space station is ready to open its hatches for business. Called Destiny, the 8.5-meter-long aluminum vessel is scheduled for launch next month from Kennedy Space Center here. But putting the laboratory module into orbit is only the first step in a long and difficult road toward making the space station a scientifically credible venture.