|Published:||Mar 01, 2011 9:16 PM EST|
|Updated:||Mar 01, 2011 6:16 PM EST|
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.- The International Space Station got a sorely needed storage room Tuesday, a 21-foot-long supply closet packed with goods and a humanoid robot that will remain boxed up for another two months.
The space station and space shuttle crews teamed up to attach the newest module, using a hefty robot arm to anchor it down. It's the only room at the station devoted entirely to storage.
Built in Italy, the new compartment is named Leonardo, after Leonardo da Vinci.
As Leonardo was bolted into place, the shuttle-station complex soared more than 200 miles above Turin, Italy.
Leonardo flew seven times to the space station as a temporary cargo carrier, but always returned on the shuttles. This time, it's staying for the duration. Storage space is at a premium, and Leonardo will provide some relief during the next decade.
--- Online: NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/mission(underscore)pages/shuttle/main/index.html
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