Headlines > News > First Spacewalk of STS-130 Mission Begins

First Spacewalk of STS-130 Mission Begins

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:59 am via: NASA
Share
More share options
Tools
Tags

(NASA) – Mission Specialists Nicholas Patrick and Bob Behnken began the first spacewalk of the STS-130 mission at 9:17 p.m. EST. The excursion is expected to last 6.5 hours.

Patrick and Behnken will prepare Tranquility for its removal from Endeavour’s payload bay and then install avionics cabling once the new module is in place. Pilot Terry Virts and Mission Specialist Kay Hire will operate the station’s robotic arm to install Tranquility with the cupola.

Mission Specialist Bob Behnken works outside the International Space Station during the first spacewalk of the STS-130 mission. Image credit: NASA TV

Mission Specialist Bob Behnken works outside the International Space Station during the first spacewalk of the STS-130 mission. Image credit: NASA TV

The spacewalkers also will remove a tool platform from the station’s special purpose dexterous manipulator, or DEXTRE, while Tranquility is being maneuvered. Station Commander Jeff Williams and Hire will begin a leak check of the interface to Tranquility.

The STS-130 mission includes three spacewalks and the delivery of a connecting module that will increase the station’s interior space. Node 3, known as Tranquility, will provide additional room for crew members and many of the station’s life support and environmental control systems. Attached to the node is a cupola, which is a robotic control station with six windows around its sides and another in the center that will provide a panoramic view of Earth, celestial objects and visiting spacecrafts. After the node and cupola are added, the space station will be about 90 percent complete.

No comments
Start the ball rolling by posting a comment on this article!
Leave a reply
You must be logged in to post a comment.
© 2014 The International Space Fellowship, developed by Gabitasoft Interactive. All Rights Reserved.  Privacy Policy | Terms of Use