Space Shuttle Launch Turns Night into Day
The launch of the STS-130 space shuttle mission treated viewers
to a spectacular show as the flames from the two solid rockets lit up the night sky.
Commander George Zamka led the STS-130 mission to the International Space Station aboard Endeavour. Terry Virts served as the pilot. Mission Specialists were Nicholas Patrick, Robert Behnken, Stephen Robinson and Kathryn Hire. Virts completed his first trip to space.
Endeavour delivered a third connecting module - the Tranquility node - to the station and a seven-windowed cupola to be used as a control room for robotics. The mission featured three spacewalks.
Endeavour launched at 04:14 EST (09:14 UTC) on 8 February 2010 and landed at 22:20 EST on 21 February 2010.
STS-130 was the 32nd shuttle mission to the station.
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