Space Travel  

Harmony Module


You are here:
Home Page

> Space Stations
>
International Space Station
> Harmony Module


Sections

Aircraft
Business
Exploration
Future
History
Launch Vehicles
Links
Military
Miscellaneous
Propulsion
Quiz
Shop
Spacecraft
Spaceplanes
Stations
World

Search Engines

LYCOS
go

 

Options
Contact Info
Newsletter

Update News

About
Find out about all the facilities available to this site.

SITEMAP
Navigate around this site.

The most authentic Space Toys on Earth!

movies, toys, comics @ tfaw.com

 

 

 

Harmony Module (Node 2) is a pressurized module which will serve as a connecting passage between the European Columbus laboratory, the US laboratory Destiny and the Japanese laboratory Kibo and cargo spacecraft at the International Space Station.

Harmony Module picture on International Space Station

Node 2 also provides a docking port for the Space Shuttle and the Japanese HII transfer vehicle, whilst it also serves as an attachment point for the Multi-Purpose Logistics Modules (MPLM). Node 2 is designed to be a working base point for the Space Station robotic arm, Canadarm 2.

Harmony is a utility hub, providing air, electrical power, water and other systems essential to support life on the station. It distributes resources from the station’s truss to the Destiny lab and to the European Space Agency’s Columbus Research Laboratory and the Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo). In addition to increasing the living and working space inside the station, its exterior will also serve as a work platform for the station's robotic arm, Canadarm2. Harmony is similar in shape to the six sided Unity module, known also as Node 1, launched in 1998.

Harmony connecting module was delivered to the International Space Station inside Space Shuttle Discovery’s payload bay during Space Shuttle flight STS-120 mission, also known as Assembly Flight 10A. STS120 was launched on October 23, 2007.

Harmony Module (Node 2) was developed for NASA under an ESA contract with European industry, with Alcatel-Alenia Space in Italy as the prime contractor. Responsibility for Node 2 development was assigned to the Italian space agency, ASI. The structural design is based on that of the MPLM and the European Columbus laboratory.

Naming the Module

NASA held a competition amongst schoolchildren in the United States to find a name for the Node 2 module. On 15 March 2007 the new name Harmony was announced. Node 2 received its name during an academic competition involving more than 2,200 students from 32 states.

Six different schools submitted "Harmony." A panel of NASA educators, engineers, scientists and senior agency management selected the name because it symbolizes the spirit of international cooperation embodied by the station, as well as the module's specific role in connecting the international partner modules.

The Node 2 Challenge required students to learn about the space station, build a scale model and write an essay explaining their proposed name for the module that will serve as a central hub for science labs. Harmony is the first U.S. piece of the space station named by people outside of NASA.

Specs:

Length: 7.2 meters (23.6 feet)

Width: 4.4 meters (14.5 feet)

Mass: 14,288 kilograms (31,500 pounds)

Exterior: aluminum cylindrical sections,

Number of racks: 8 Pressurized Volume: 75.5 cubic meters (2,666 cubic feet) Habitable Volume: 1,230 cubic feet

Did you know?

 * Harmony (Node 2) is the first pressurized module added to the station since the Russian Pirs Docking Compartment was added in September 2001. Harmony joins three other named U.S. modules on the station: the Destiny laboratory, the Quest airlock and the Unity node.

* As of December 2007, the most recent U.S. pressurized module added to the International Space Station was the Quest airlock in July 2001.


Books:

Space Station Books section.


Harmony Module Links:


Looking for a Space Gift? Try Magazines, Space Books, magazines, toys and posters.

Any suggestions or comments, click on Contact Info.


Cool Stuff

NASA Gifts

Astronaut Costumes

 

 

BuyCostumes.com


From Amazon.com
(Prices May Change)


Samurai from Outer Space Samurai from Outer Space...
Antonia Levi
Best $6.71!

Space Invaders Space Invaders
Jack of All Games
New $14.99!

Best $9.99!


Canadian Users

Click here for eBay.ca!

eBay.ca


UK Users

www.AbeBooks.co.uk - finding books just got easier

AbeBooks.co.uk


Goto Space Station

Goto Space Projects and Info Home Page

Copyright © 2000-2014 Vic Stathopoulos. All rights reserved.

Updated: Tuesday 1st, April, 2014

In Association with art.com