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DISCUSSION

The orbital space vehicle depicted on the GI JOE lunch box is unique. By stowing a small manned vehicle in the "mother shuttle's" cargo bay, the configuration extends the ability of the mission to reach a much higher orbital altitude. NASA launches unmanned "upper stage" rockets from low Earth orbit by stowing them in the space shuttle, deploying them a safe distance from the shuttle, and activating their engines. Though they are unmanned, they serve a similar purpose to GI JOE's stowed vehicle. They are able to place a payload in a much higher orbit than the shuttle can achieve.


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Last modified: Wednesday, 30-Nov-04 09:15:00 PM CDT

Author: Jerry Woodfill / NASA, Mail Code ER7, jared.woodfill1@jsc.nasa.gov

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Picture of the logo of NASA Johnson Space Center's Automation, Robotics, and 
Simulation Division.  The logo depicts a robot extended arm and hand.  The robotic 
hand holds Mars in its grasp.