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One Challenging Erection Project
Posted by Tom Klemens on February 16, 2010 at 12:51 PM.

Installing TranquilityThe Space Shuttle crew that left eight days ago took with it a pre-fabricated 2600-cu.-ft add-on for the International Space Station. The $400 million Node 3, now officially named the Tranquility module, was provided by the European Space Agency and adds seven windows to the ISS. The largest is circular, 31 in. in diameter, while the others are smaller trapezoids.


Astronauts attached the module late last week and by Friday February 12, got their first look inside the new addition, which provides three more berths. They hope to get their first glimpse out the windows when the protective shutters are raised late tonight.


PHOTO (click for larger image): NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Nicholas Patrick conducted the STS-130 mission’s first spacewalk on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. The spacewalking pair finished all their assigned work and some get-ahead tasks. The Tranquility node and cupola were robotically maneuvered from Endeavour’s payload bay, and then installed onto the port side of the Unity node. This was the first of three planned spacewalks for the STS-130 mission. Image Credit: NASA


A good description of this 220-mile-high remodeling project is available here.


For the ESA’s Node 3 specs, click here.


To read more about the current shuttle mission, STS-130, click here.


To watch NASA TV live from the ISS, go to

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