THE FLIGHT OF STS-57

GEOCAM AT WORK

 

 

The cameras were controlled from the first ever student operated Payload Operating Control Center (POCC) built at the Medical University of South Carolina. Here students prepared a proposed target list which was transmitted each night to the crew of STS-57.

 

To help choose targets acurately, it was important to get up to date weather information. The POCC weather desk got information from the internet, NASA weather sites, and from a student operated weather office operated at the Charleston Air Force Base weather office.

 

The G324 Payload was monted on a special GAS payload beam in the aft of the Shuttle cargo bay. The crew took this picture showing the canister lid open ready to take photos of the Earth. The lid is the round white object in the center of the picture. The top edge of the Can Do - GeoCam decal is just visible on the side of the payload canister.

The crew used a special hand controller to activate the cameras. Here astronaut Nancy Sherlock wears a Can Do tee-shirt while holding the controller.

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