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The orbital space vehicle depicted on the GI JOE lunch box is
unique. By stowing a small manned vehicle in the "mother shuttle's" cargo
bay, the configuration extends the ability of the mission to reach a much
higher orbital altitude. NASA launches unmanned "upper stage" rockets from
low Earth orbit by stowing them in the space shuttle, deploying them a safe
distance from the shuttle, and activating their engines. Though they are
they serve a similar purpose to GI JOE's stowed vehicle. They are able to
place a payload in a much higher orbit than the shuttle can achieve.
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