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A crawler-transporter is enlisted to move space shuttle Endeavour up the five percent grade to the end of the crawlerway on Launch Pad 39A.

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At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a crawler-transporter is enlisted to move space shuttle Endeavour up the five percent grade to the end of the crawlerway on Launch Pad 39A. The unfueled shuttle, mobile launcher platform, and crawler weigh approximately 18 million pounds combined. First motion on the 3.4-mile trip from the Vehicle Assembly Building, known as rollout, was at 4:13 a.m. EST Jan. 6. Endeavour was secure or "hard down" on the pad at 10:37 a.m.

Rollout is a significant milestone in launch processing activities. The primary payload for the STS-130 mission is the International Space Station's Node 3, Tranquility, a pressurized module that will provide room for many of the station's life support systems. Attached to one end of Tranquility is a cupola, a unique work area with six windows on its sides and one on top. The cupola resembles a circular bay window and will provide a vastly improved view of the station's exterior. The multi-directional view will allow the crew to monitor spacewalks and docking operations, as well as provide a spectacular view of Earth and other celestial objects. The module was built in Turin, Italy, by Thales Alenia Space for the European Space Agency. Endeavour's STS-130 launch is targeted for 4:39 a.m. EST Feb. 7. For information on the STS-130 mission and crew, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts130/index.html. Photo credit: NASA/Amanda Diller

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  • Title: A crawler-transporter is enlisted to move space shuttle Endeavour up the five percent grade to the end of the crawlerway on Launch Pad 39A.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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