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Canadarm Controls

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National Geographic
by National Geographic on Oct 08, 2012
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The Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (SRMS) or more fondly the Canadarm (a combination of the words Canada and arm) was controlled using these hand controllers, switches and computer screens. The crewmember responsible for its operation would Velcro their feet to the floor at this station and use the windows and television cameras to deploy or retrieve payloads of up to 293 tons (586,000 pounds). Besides twelve missions assembling the International Space Station, Endeavour performed the first Hubble Space Telescope service mission by capturing the broken telescope with these controls.

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