- "SMOOTH BLUE FLAMES ribbon eerily across the skin of the Destiny Lab. They are spreading, expanding with a dense cloud of SMOKE."
- ―The Destiny Lab is destroyed in the Gravity script.
The Destiny Laboratory is a film location in Gravity, and in real life, a testing lab connected to the ISS.
The Destiny module is the primary operating facility for U.S. research payloads aboard the International Space Station (ISS). It was berthed to the Unity module and activated over a period of five days in February, 2001. Destiny is NASA's first permanent operating orbital research station since Skylab was vacated in February 1974.
The Boeing Company began construction of the 16 ton (14.5 tonne), state-of-the art research laboratory in 1995 at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Destiny was shipped to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 1998, and was turned over to NASA for pre-launch preparations in August 2000. It launched on February 7, 2001 aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis on STS-98.
Delivered during STS-98 to the ISS, the Destiny Laboratory is a US laboratory for experiments in space environments. These include objects moving in a weightless environment, and the effects of space on common items, to see how they react to not being held down or in a pressurized environment. Astronauts work inside the pressurized facility to conduct research in numerous scientific fields. Scientists throughout the world will use the results to enhance their studies in medicine, engineering, biotechnology, physics, materials science, and Earth science.
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