Excerpts from the STS-130 Crew News Conference held at NASAs 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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