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February 2, 2015 - Bringing Tranquility to Space

Bringing Tranquility to Space   Five years ago this week, two major components of the International Space Station were launched aboard the space shuttle Endeavour. The Tranquility module, seen in Endeavour’s cargo bay, is a docking hub with six different berthing locations for spacecraft and other modules. Tranquility also contains life support equipment that recycles waste water for crew use and regenerates oxygen for the crew to breath. Endeavour also delivered the Cupola, a seven-windowed, dome-shaped observatory that gives space station crew an unprecedented view of Earth and the exterior of the ISS. From within the Cupola, crew members can observe approaching spacecraft and control the station’s robotic arm. Its main window, 80 cm (31 in) in diameter, is the largest ever used in space.

Image credit: NASA

Weekly Calendar

February 2-8, 2015

Holidays - Sky Events - Space History

Moon phase Monday 2

Groundhog Day

Moon phase Tuesday 3

Full Moon 6:47 PM ET

1966: Luna 9 lands on Moon
1984: STS-41B Challenger launched
1994:
STS-60 Discovery launched
1995: STS-63 Discovery launched
2006
: Astronauts aboard the ISS launch SuitSat satellite

Moon phase Wednesday 4

Jupiter 5° north of Moon

1906: Clyde Tombaugh born

Moon phase Thursday 5

1965: First test of Apollo Service Propulsion System engine
1967: Lunar Orbiter III launched
1971: Apollo 14 lands on Moon
1974: Mariner 10 uses gravity of Venus to adjust trajectory toward Mercury

Moon phase Friday 6

Moon at apogee
Jupiter at opposition

1971: Alan Shepard hits first golf balls on Moon

Moon phase Saturday 7

1984: Bruce McCandless makes first untethered spacewalk during STS-41B
1999: Stardust comet probe launched
2001: STS-98 Atlantis launched
2008: STS-122 Atlantis launched

Moon phase Sunday 8

1828: Jules Verne born
1974: 84-day Skylab 4 mission ends, last crew to occupy Skylab
2010: STS-130 Endeavour launched

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