Monday, February 22, 2010

Endeavor Lands at night

STS-130 began with a night launch and ended with a night landing. The mission saw a successful installation of the Tranquility module into the ISS structure, followed by the placement of the observation cupola onto the Earth-facing side of the module. Should the ISS project continue to 202 as recommended by the White House, the cupola will give space workers many wonderful views of the earth from their orbital perch.

With the ending of mission STS-130, there are now only four missions left in the life of the shuttle program. The next mission is STS-131 on shuttle Discovery. The launch is scheduled for April 5th. Discovery will carry science modules and equipment to the ISS.

I didn't get to see as much of this last mission as I would have liked. Work schedule plus my attendance at the BYU SF/F symposium kept me fairly busy.

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