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MCE was installed to Kibo's Exposed Facility

Last Updated: August 9, 2012
MCE installed to the Exposed Facility

MCE installed to the Exposed Facility (Credit:JAXA/NASA)

At 8:01 p.m. on August 9, the Japanese Multi-mission Consolidated Equipment (MCE) was installed to port #8 of Kibo's Exposed Facility (EF) by the Kibo's robotic arm, Japanese Experiment Module Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS).

Multi-mission Consolidated Equipment (MCE)
(Credit: JAXA)

MCE is loaded with multi hardwares for five different missions as listed below.

IMAP (Ionosphere,Mesosphere,upper Atomosphere, and Plasmasphere mapping)
GLIMS (Global Lightning and Sprite Measurement Mission)
SIMPLE (Space Inflatable Membranes Pioneering Long-term Experiments)
REXJ (Robot Experiment on JEM)
COTS HDTV-EF (Assessment of a commercial-off-the-shelf, high definition television camera under exposed environment)

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