AERCam in the Payload Bay This view shows the Autonomous Extravehicular Activity Robotic Camera Sprint (AERCam Sprint) in the payload bay of the Earth-orbiting space shuttle Columbia during the STS-87 mission. The AERCam Sprint was a prototype free-flying television camera that could be used for remote inspections of the exterior of the International Space Station.
Glowing Mission An orbital maneuvering system (OMS) engine firing caused this bright glow at the aft end of the shuttle Challenger during STS-7. Also visible in the open payload bay are parts of the Shuttle pallet satellite, the experiment package for NASA’s Office of Space and Terrestrial Applications, the protective cradles for the Indonesian Palapa-B and Telesat Canada Anik C2 satellites, some getaway special canisters and the Canadian-built remote manipulator system. Only a small port