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Endeavour's Rollout to the Launch Pad Completed

Published by Matt on Wed Jan 6, 2010 7:02 pm via: NASA
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At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Endeavour perched atop the massive crawler transported has reached Launch Pad 39A.

First motion out of the Vehicle Assembly Building began at 4:13 a.m. EST and the 3.4-mile journey was completed and the shuttle secured, or “hard down” on the pad by 10:37 a.m.

This is the next major milestone met for the upcoming STS-130 mission to deliver the Tranquility node and cupola to the International Space Station.

Space shuttle Endeavour atop the crawler transporter nears Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: NASA

Space shuttle Endeavour atop the crawler transporter nears Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: NASA

Endeavour’s STS-130 Mission

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 7, 2010, at 4:39 a.m. EST

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