Tracy Young October 12, 2004
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
KSC Release No. P17-04
Room with a Panoramic View Now at KSC
Inside the Space Station Processing Facility, the Cupola is uncrated. It was shipped from Alenia Spazio in Turin, Italy, for the European Space Agency. The Cupola is an element scheduled to be installed on the International Space Station in early 2009. A dome-shaped module with seven windows, the Cupola will give astronauts a panoramic view for observing many operations on the outside of the orbiting complex. The view out of the Cupola windows will enhance an arm operator's situational awareness, supplementing television camera views and graphics. It will provide external observation capabilities during spacewalks, docking operations and hardware surveys and for Earth and celestial studies. The Cupola is the final element of the Space Station core.
KSC Photo Number: KSC-04PD-2100
KSC Photo Number: KSC-04PD-2103
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