June 14, 2011
Astronaut Steven A. Hawley, mission specialist, is pictured with the Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) experiment on Columbia's middeck. MEMS examines the performance of a suite of devices under launch, microgravity and reentry conditions. These devices include accelerometers, gyros and environmental and chemical sensors. The MEMS payload is self-contained and requires crew interface for activation and deactivation only.
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