Space Shuttle and Kentucky

Lexington, KY – The shuttle Discovery is on its way to the international space station with a payload that includes some Kentucky-developed technology. The shuttle is hauling two "cube lab" modules. They're micro-labs that will be used for biological and other experiments. The cube lab was developed by Kentucky Space, a development consortium that pulls in resources from several organizations, including Murray State University. Kris Kimel is a Kentucky Space managing partner.

"It's basically going to be a permanent fixture on the space station, and will be basically reserchers and commercial companies will be able to use it for small payloads."

The shuttle Discovery is set to arrive at the space station Wednesday.