Feeds

Scenic overlook bolted onto ISS

Endeavour mission extended a day

Build a business case: developing custom apps

The premier - and most exclusive - place to observe Earth has been successfully latched and bolted to the planet-side port of the International Space Station's new Tranquility node, NASA said on Monday.

The Tranquility node was initially installed onto the ISS on Friday, with its cupola observation deck reattached from its launch position on the node's forward side to an Earth-facing port over the weekend.

From controls in the US laboratory Destiny, mission specialist Kathryn Hire and pilot Terry Virts used the ISS's Canadarm2 robotic arm to relocate the cupola this Sunday. Station commander Jeff Williams operated the latches and bolts that released the cupola from its launch location and fixed it to its new permanent home.

NASA said the attachment went smoothly, although there was minor delay in releasing the cupola because the bolts attaching it to the launch position had been torqued in Earth's gravity and were a bit tighter than expected.

The space agency said the cupola relocation was completed at 1:31 am EST (6:31 am GMT).

The crew members are expected to get their first peek out the cupola's still-shuttered windows on Wednesday or Thursday, following tomorrow's third scheduled spacewalk for NASA's STS-130 mission.

NASA also announced that it will prolong the shuttle mission by an extra day to give astronauts more time to configure the new Tranquility module, inside and out. Endeavour's earliest return to Kennedy Space Center is now penned for Sunday, February 21. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
'Greenhouse effect is real, but as for the rest of it ...'
Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins
Sauricide WASN'T inevitable, reckon scientists
Brit amateur payload set to complete full circle around PLANET EARTH
Ultralight solar radio tracker in glorious 25,000km almost-space odyssey
Boffins spot weirder quantum capers as neutrons take the high road, spin takes the low
Cheshire cat effect see neutrons and their properties walk different paths
NASA Mars rover FINALLY equals 1973 Soviet benchmark
Yet to surpass ancient Greek one, however
Famous 'Dish' radio telescope to be emptied in budget crisis: CSIRO
Radio astronomy suffering to protect Square Kilometre Array
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.