On Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, STS-130 Mission Specialists Kathryn Hire and Nicholas Patrick continue their emergency exit training in a bunker near the catch nets for the slidewire baskets at the base of the pad. The bunker would provide a safe haven for the astronauts if evacuation of the pad were required.
The crew members of space shuttle Endeavour's upcoming mission are at Kennedy for training related to their launch dress rehearsal, the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test. The primary payload on STS-130 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. Endeavour's launch is targeted for 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/Kim Shiflett