On their return from STS-130 mission on 22 February 2010, astronauts Robert Behnken (left) and Nicholas Patrick touched the nosecone of the space shuttle Endeavour with which they came back to Earth. During their re-entry into the atmosphere, the space plane’s thermal protection endured temperatures of up to 1,200°C, but most of the heat has since dissipated, making this “caress” possible.
Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
“I JUST INSTALL WINDOWS. I DON’T WASH ‘EM.” American astronaut Nicholas Patrick put some finishing touches on the newly installed Tranquility module’s space windows aboard the International Space Station last week, about 340 kilometers [or 6,781,913 miles] above Earth’s surface. “Now you can see your house from here!” Patrick jokingly told his fellow astronauts, who then refused to open the pod bay doors. (Photo via NASA / APOD)
Space Shuttle Endeavour / STS-130 Landing
Funny one !
(21 Feb. 2010) Darkness shrouds space shuttle Endeavour as it touches down on Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. [NASA]
(22 Feb. 2010) STS-130 crew after landing. “We’re back as we came. It’s dark outside,” quips STS-130 Commander George Zamka following space shuttle Endeavour’s successful landing on Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. [NASA]
(19 Feb. 2010) A close-up view of a portion of the International Space Station is featuring the newly-installed Tranquility node and Cupola (visible at top left), photographed from the space shuttle Endeavour after undocking. [NASA]
Space Shuttle Endeavour Lands Safely in Florida
HOUSTON - Space shuttle Endeavour touched down safely in Florida Sunday evening, beating a stormy weather forecast that had threatened to extend its two-week mission to deliver NASA’s last major additions to the International Space Station (ISS).
Commander George Zamka piloted Endeavour and his five crewmates to a landing at 10:20 p.m. EST (0320 Monday GMT) on NASA’s Shuttle Landing Facility runway at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Their return concluded Endeavour’s STS-130 mission, which installed the new Node 3 “Tranquility” module and its adjoining seven-window space observation deck, called the Cupola, on the station.
Beginning the Journey Home
This view of the port side of space shuttle Endeavour’s cargo bay was recorded after separation from the International Space Station on Feb. 19, 2010, as the STS-130 astronauts prepared for a Feb. 21 landing, after spending over a week working in tandem with the Expedition 22 crew members aboard the station. Other than the docking system hardware, the cargo bay is empty after delivering the Tranquility node and the new cupola to the orbital outpost.
Image Credit: NASA
International Space Station seen by Endeavour during final flyaround of STS130 mission.
Endeavour Undocks From International Space Station
While flying 208 miles above the Atlantic Ocean west of Mauritania and the western Sahara, space shuttle Endeavour undocked from the International Space Station yesterday at 7:54 p.m. Shuttle pilot Terry Virts performed a fly-around of the station, enabling his crewmates to conduct a photo survey of the complex. The station now is 98 percent complete by volume, 90 percent by mass.
Weather permitting, the deorbit burn is planned for 9:13 p.m. Sunday, leading to a landing at 10:16 p.m. at Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility.[Photo via NASA]