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Endeavour's STS-130 Mission

Published by Matt on Wed Dec 2, 2009 10:22 pm via: source
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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.Endeavour will deliver a third connecting module, the Tranquility node, to the station in addition to the seven-windowed Cupola module, which will be used as a control room for robotics. The mission will feature three spacewalks.

Liftoff from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is targeted for February 4, 2010 at 5:52 a.m. EST.

In Orbiter Processing Facility-2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers verify that the processing of space shuttle Endeavour is complete, its payload bay doors are closed, and it is ready for its move to the Vehicle Assembly Building. This close-up is of Endeavour's nose-wheel landing gear and tires. Photo credit: NASA

In Orbiter Processing Facility-2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers verify that the processing of space shuttle Endeavour is complete, its payload bay doors are closed, and it is ready for its move to the Vehicle Assembly Building. This close-up is of Endeavour's nose-wheel landing gear and tires. Photo credit: NASA

Endeavour, Crew Prep for STS-130 On-going

Technicians in Orbiter Processing Facility-2 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida are preparing space shuttle Endeavour for its move to the Vehicle Assembly Building on Dec. 12.

Throughout the next three days, they’ll leak test Endeavour’s environmental control and life support system. Techs also are testing the space shuttle main engine and aerosurface hydraulics, as well as testing and calibrating the Inertial Measurement Units, or IMUs, which provide navigational information for the shuttle while it’s in orbit.

Meanwhile, Endeavour’s STS-130 astronauts ‪are practicing an integrated launch simulation today at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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