Personnel in LCC watch STS-130 Launch

Kim Shiflett2010-02-08


Washington, DC, United States

STS130-S-023 (8 Feb. 2010) --- In Firing Room 4 in the Launch Control Center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA managers monitor the countdown of space shuttle Endeavour. From left are Janet Petro, Kennedy Space Center deputy director; Michael Coats, Johnson Space Center director (leaning back); John Shannon, Space Shuttle Program manager; Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations; and Chris Scolese, NASA associate administrator. Launch of Endeavour on the STS-130 mission to the International Space Station was at 4:14 a.m. (EST) on Feb. 8, 2010. This was the second launch attempt for Endeavour's STS-130 crew and the final scheduled space shuttle night launch. The first attempt on Feb. 7 was scrubbed due to unfavorable weather. The primary payload for the STS-130 mission to the International Space Station is the Tranquility node, a pressurized module that will provide additional room for crew members and many of the station's life support and environmental control systems. Attached to one end of Tranquility is the 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.

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  • Title: Personnel in LCC watch STS-130 Launch
  • Creator: Kim Shiflett
  • Date Created: 2010-02-08
  • Rights: JSC
  • Album: mgwhite