NASA Showcases Next International Space Station Component
NASA hosted an event for reporters to view the next pressurized element to be launched to the International Space Station, Tranquility, on Jan. 8 at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Attached to Tranquility is a cupola, a unique work station with seven windows. Tranquility will provide room for many of the station’s life support systems and will be connected to the Unity module. The cupola resembles a circular bay window and will provide crew members a vastly improved view of the station’s exterior. The elements will fly aboard space shuttle Endeavour on the STS-130 mission, targeted for launch Feb. 7.
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Delai: “Right now it’s very crowded on space station and the Node 3 will allow these various crew racks and exercise devices and science experiments to move from space station to the node 3 and hopefully free up space for the future for other science experiments that are coming up.”› Play Now