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Endeavour Astronauts Install Tranquility Cupola Video

Day 10 of the Endeavour STS 130 mission to the International Space Station was a fantastic success.

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First looks out the new cupola from the Tranquility Module

At the end of the third day of working in space, astronauts Nicholas Patrick and Robert Behnken had completed the installation of the cupola.

They took off the shields and ISS crew inside were able to open the cupola shutters for that 360 degree 3D view of earth and space.

President Obama had a video conference at 5:30 PM today to congratulate them on their mission success.

The Italians who built the Tranquility Module with its cupola should be celebrating tonight.
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Opening Night for Tranquility and Cupola

Crew members on space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station got a first look inside the orbiting outpost’s newest module and room with a view Friday evening, but the shutters were still closed so the view will have to wait a while.

Video to follow this afternoon. AP is reporting the air lock between the ISS and Tranquility is not fitting properly. More on that later too.

ISS Commander Jeff Williams opened the hatch into Tranquility at 9:17 p.m. EST on Friday entering it for the first time with STS-130 Commander George Zamka and Mission Specialist Stephen Robinson. The hatch into the cupola was opened after wards at 11:32 p.m.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astronauts ran into trouble Saturday while setting up the International Space Station’s newest room, Tranquility: A critical insulating cover does not fit.

The fabric, multi layered cover is supposed to go between Tranquility and its observation deck, but the metal bars are not locking down properly because of interference from a hand rail or some other structure at the hatch.” AP

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Astronauts return from EVA 1

Space Walkers Install Tranquility Module short video

International Space Station one day closer to installation of 2,600 cubic feet of Italian-style living on Day 5 of STS 130

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Astronauts return from EVA 1

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Nick Patrick stepped outside the relative safety of the ISS to complete the physical installation of the new Italian built Tranquility Module. They spent the next 6 hours and 32 minutes moving the 27,000 pound module from the space shuttle cargo bay to the earth side of the ISS. The video from NASA condenses the full space walk into about 30 minutes.

The actual heavy lifting was done by the robotic Canadarm2 which was being controlled from inside the ISS by Mission Specialist Kay Hire and Terry Virts. In the video you can see the Canadarm2 moving over, being secured on the Tranquility Module and moving it seemingly effortlessly across space.

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Astronauts Install Tranquility During Space Walk Video

The International Space Station got one day closer to the installation of 2,600 cubic feet of Italian style living space on Day 5 of STS 130

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Astronauts Bob Behnken and Nick Patrick stepped outside the relative safety of the ISS to complete the physical installation of the new Italian built Tranquility Module. They spent the next 6 hours and 32 minutes moving the 27,000 pound module from the space shuttle cargo bay to the earth side of the ISS. The video from NASA condenses the full space walk into about 30 minutes.
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Astronauts prep suits for EVA

Endeavour brings gear to turn urine into drinking water

Space Shuttle Crew Get Ready for Space Walk

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Astronauts prep suits for EVA

While the space walk is exciting, astronauts have to use the bathroom just like earth-bound folks. Water is hard to find up in space so they do the Green thing – astronauts recycle their own urine.

The International Space Station has a water recovery system that recycles urine to create safe drinking water. Might sound yechhy but life is life everywhere even in space. The system on the ISS got some new parts and they started making the upgrade right away.

Day 4 finds Space Shuttle Mission STS 130 getting down to work
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Space station photographs heat shield on Endeavour during RPM

Shuttle does back flip so ISS crew can inspect the heat shield

Endeavour Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver

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Space station photographs heat shield on Endeavour during RPM

Day 3, STS 130 – Just prior to docking at 12:06 am on February 10, 2010 the crew of the space shuttle Endeavour executed a tightly choreographed back flip in space.

The maneuver, called RPM, exposes the heat shield of the shuttle to the International Space Station crew who photograph it looking for any launch damage. The RPM is preliminary to docking the shuttle with the ISS.

The photographs are studied to determine if the shuttle is safe for re-entry into earth’s atmosphere. If not, the crew of the Shuttle would wait for a rescue shuttle to arrive from earth.

The destruction of the Shuttle Columbia was a result of damage to the heat shield which was ignored. The Columbia overheated on one wing and disintegrated on re-entry. Continue reading