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The International Space Station's Harmony module has been moved
The International Space Station's Harmony module has been moved to its permanent position, and is ready to receive visiting space shuttles and a new laboratory, NASA announced on Wednesday.

The Italian-made Harmony Node 2 module was brought to the ISS three weeks ago. The compartment will expand the interior of the station, and allow European and Japanese research laboratories to be connected to the ISS.

"Station crew members moved Harmony from its temporary location on the left side of the Unity node to its new home on the front of the U.S. laboratory Destiny Wednesday morning," NASA said.

Flight Engineer Dan Tani used a robotic crane to move the node from its temporary docking point to the Destiny laboratory.

The operation to relocate the module took some two hours and the ISS is now ready to "offer docking ports to the European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory, scheduled to arrive next month, and Japan's Kibo experiment module, to become a part of the International Space Station next year," the press service said.

ISS Commander Peggy Whitson and Dan Tani will perform spacewalks on November 20 and 24 for additional work on the Harmony module, which adds 2,666 cubic feet of pressurized space to the ISS.


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