Launch and Landing

    Mission: STS-130
    Orbiter: Endeavour
    Primary Payload: Tranquility Node 3, cupola
    Launched: Feb. 8, 2010
    Launch Time: 4:14 a.m. EST
    Launch Pad: 39A
    Landed: Feb. 21 - 10:20 p.m. EST
    Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
    Mission Duration: 14 days
    Inclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

    Endeavour Delivers "Windows to the World"
    Space shuttle Endeavour majestically lifted off into an early morning sky from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 4:14 a.m. EST Feb. 8, 2010, beginning the STS-130 mission.

    The six STS-130 astronauts aboard Endeavour were Commander George Zamka, Pilot Terry Virts, and Mission Specialists Kathryn Hire, Stephen Robinson, Patrick Behnken and Nicholas Patrick. Launch of Endeavour on the STS-130 mission

    Image above: Space shuttle Endeavour roars to life on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo credit: NASA/Tom Farrar and Tony Gray
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    Their mission: to deliver and install the final U.S. module, named Tranquility, to the International Space Station.

    Tranquility was the name chosen from thousands of suggestions submitted by participants on NASA's Web site, "Help Name Node 3."

    They also took up the cupola, a mini control tower attached to the Tranquility node that provides an incredible view of Earth from seven windows.

    About two days after launch, Endeavour met up with the space station, and the hatches were opened as the orbiting outpost flew over the northwest coast of Australia. With greetings accomplished, crew members began transferring cargo from Endeavour's payload bay.

    After the last three spacewalks and the addition of the last components of the U.S. section, the shuttle and station crews began an extra day of joint docked operations to complete the relocation of the station's regenerative life support system into the new Tranquility module. Endeavour lands completing the STS-130 mission

    Image above: The xenon lights at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida reveal space shuttle Endeavour nearing touchdown on Runway 15. Photo credit: NASA/Sandra Joseph and Kevin O'Connell
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    The mission was highlighted with a congratulatory phone call from U.S. President Barack Obama, accompanied at the White House by several middle school students from across the country.

    With a difficult but successful mission passing into history, the Endeavour crew closed the hatches between the two spacecraft and prepared for their journey back to Earth.

    The previously forecasted showers remained offshore and the crew was given the "go" for deorbit burn and subsequent landing at Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility.

    Endeavour touched down on Runway 15, Feb. 21 at 10:20 p.m. EST, completing more than 5.7 million miles and almost 14 days in space.

Shuttle Features

Station Gains Unparalleled Views

Mission Specialist Robert Behnken works inside the newly-installed cupola.

The STS-130 crew delivers the final major U.S. components.

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Lighting the Way Home

Xenon lights at SLF

Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility xenon lights shine brightly for a safe touchdown.

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President Obama Calls Station, Shuttle Crews

President Obama

The 11 astronauts aboard the International Space Station and space shuttle Endeavour chatted with President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

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Mission Statistics

    STS-130 Mission Statistics

    Landed:
    Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, 10:20 p.m. EST
    Landing Site:
    Kennedy Space Center, Florida

    Mission Elapsed Time:
    13 days, 18 hours, 6 minutes, 24 seconds

    Official Landing Times
    Main gear touchdown:
    10:20:31 p.m. EST
    Nose gear touchdown:
    10:20:39 p.m. EST
    Wheels stop:
    10:22:10 p.m. EST
    Total miles:
    more than 5.7 million

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