NASA Audio File

Shuttle Endeavour’s STS-130 Crew Discusses Upcoming Flight with Media at Launch Pad
01.20.10
 
The six-member crew of the next space shuttle mission spoke with media on Jan. 20 at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A in Florida. The astronauts for shuttle Endeavour's STS-130 mission are at Kennedy to participate in a full launch dress rehearsal, known as the terminal countdown demonstration test, and related training. The test provides an opportunity for the crew and ground teams to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency escape training.

During its 13-day mission, the shuttle’s astronauts will deliver a third connecting module, the Tranquility node, to the International Space Station. Endeavour’s crew members are Commander George Zamka, Pilot Terry Virts and Mission Specialists Robert Behnken, Nicholas Patrick, Kathryn Hire and Stephen Robinson. Launch is targeted for Feb. 7.

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Steve Robinson
STS-130 Mission Specialist


CUT 1 (:16): Robinson: "The History of space travel has shown that when one program ends the next programs are even more exciting and more motivating and more compelling to go into the future than the one before it, and we don’t know exactly what’s going to happen after the shuttle but we do believe that to the case."
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Terry Virts
STS-130 Pilot


CUT 2 (:18): Virts: “It’s just amazing to see the space shuttle. I think what stands out to me is how big it is. When you walk up to it is such a large vehicle, the external tank, the solid rocket boosters, it’s amazing to think of that vehicle weighting almost 4 million pounds, it’s just impressive.”
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