NASA Audio File

STS-130 Spacewalk Overview Briefing
Excerpts from the STS-130 Spacewalk Overview briefing held at NASA's Johnson Space Center Jan. 29, 2009.

Space shuttle Endeavour's mission will include three spacewalks and the delivery of the Tranquility node, the final module of the U.S. portion of the International Space Station. Tranquility will provide additional room for crew members and many of the space station's life support and environmental control systems. Attached to the node is a cupola, which houses a robotic control station and has seven windows to provide a panoramic view of Earth, celestial objects and visiting spacecraft. After the node and cupola are added, the orbiting laboratory will be about 90 percent complete.

Space shuttle Endeavour is set to begin its 13-day flight with a Feb. 7 launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff is planned for 4:39 a.m. EST, making this the final scheduled space shuttle night launch.

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Art Thomason, STS-130 Lead Spacewalk Officer

CUT 1 (:44): Our EVA 1 will be Bob Behnken and this will be Bob's second space flight. He has three previous space walks under his belt from STS-123 and he'll be wearing the red stripes designating him as the lead spacewalker. Nick Patrick is our EVA 2. Nick will be wearing the white stripes. This is Nick’s second Shuttle flight as well but it will be his first spacewalk. Working inside the Shuttle directing the crew while they are outside will be Steve Robinson. This will be the fourth Shuttle flight for Steve Robinson. And finally George Zamka will be the Commander of this mission and he’ll help Bob and Steve suit up and get safely out the door.
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