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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.

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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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

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

Astronauts outside the ISS moving the Tranquility Module
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

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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