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
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. Continue reading →
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 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 →
4:14 ET Endeavour Performed a Flawless Lift Off From Cape Canaveral Florida in pre-dawn
The two week mission will bring the International Space Station to near completion.
This is the short launch from “T minus 90 seconds” to “go throttle up.” We will post the full 30 minute version from the final checkpoint to separation and an edited version about 1/3rd the length. Video on next page. Continue reading →
Weather got below 30% and project director said it was outside his experience for a launch
At 4:30 AM ET – Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-130 launch has been delayed for 24 hours due to poor weather. The decision was made during the last 9 minute hold. The 40 minute period allows all flight controllers to make a go / no go decision.
The crew was in the shuttle. The close out crew had sealed the door and left the launch area.
The weather had deteriorated all night from 80% to 30% during the final hours.
The flight director said “This weather is outside my experience of a successful launch” as he canceled today’s launch.
The next possible launch window is 24 hours at 4:14 AM ET.
NASA -It will be just another Sunday morning in Florida during February excepting one of man’s technological marvels, the space shuttle, will lift off one more time. Endeavour STS 130 is headed for the International Space Station.
On Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Rotating Service Structure around space shuttle Endeavour is being rolled back. First motion was at 7:58 a.m. EST. The rollback is in preparation for Endeavour’s liftoff at 4:39 a.m. EST early Sunday morning.
Commander George Zamka will lead the STS-130 mission to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Endeavour. Terry Virts will serve as the pilot. Mission Specialists are Nicholas Patrick, Robert Behnken, Stephen Robinson and Kathryn Hire. Virts will be making his first trip to space. Continue reading →