Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Endeavor delivers Cupola to ISS

Shuttle Endeavor will unload the final NASA piece of the International Space Station puzzle this week, the Tranquility module. The new room comes with a much better view than astronauts ever had before. The Cupola provides a 360-degree view of the outside of the station.

Here is an excellent AP video on the entire process:

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This marks the first time, with Endeavor docked at ISS, that the combined mass of both spacecraft exceeded 1 million pounds. That's a lot of spacecraft up there, folks.
There are five crew members onboard ISS at this time, and six crew members on Endeavor. The eleven astronauts said "hello" today and will spend the next few days installing the new module, checking out systems and loading/unloading cargo.

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