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    Astronauts installing new room on International Space Station

    Astronauts installing new room on International Space Station







    Washington - Astronauts have begun work to install a new room on the International Space Station


    The Italian-made Tranquility node will be attached to the outside of the station during the planned six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk beginning at 0217 GMT Friday.
    Spacewalking astronauts Bob Behnken and Nicholas Patrick will prepare Tranquility to be removed from the space shuttle Endeavour's storage area, so that astronauts Terry Virts and Kay Hire inside the ISS can manoeuvre a robotic arm to lift it out and attach it to the outside of the station.
    The spacewalkers will then connect cables between Tranquility and the ISS, making the orbiting space lab 90-per-cent complete. The hatch between Tranquility and the rest of the ISS will be opened early Saturday.
    It will provide ISS's permanent crew with more space and house life support and environmental control systems, a treadmill and other equipment.
    Perhaps the most anticipated part of Tranquility is the cupola that it will attach to the station. The six-windowed space will allow astronauts to operate robotic controls and get a 360-degree view, like a crane operator sitting in a cabin.
    It is the largest window ever flown into space and is made of specially equipped glass that protects crew from solar radiation. The view will allow scientific observations and provide long-term astronauts with a much-need glimpse of home.
    Two later spacewalks will complete Tranquility's hook-up with the station and get it fully functional, with the next set for 0209 GMT Sunday.
    Since arriving Wednesday at the ISS, the Endeavour crew has done further repair work on a faulty piece of equipment designed to turn urine into drinkable water. The equipment has frequently malfunctioned, and several recent shuttle flights have delivered replacement parts.
    ISS flight director Mike Lammers said Thursday that the repairs appeared to have solved the problem, but more tests were needed before astronauts could resume using the filter.
    NASA said it had found a rip in a tile of Endeavour's heat shield and a protruding ceramic ring on the cockpit in a safety inspection of the shuttle.
    US space agency experts are analyzing the issues, but further inspection would likely not be necessary. Since the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated on reentry in 2003 due to a problem with its heat shield, NASA has conducted thorough investigations of each shuttle after take-off.//dpa

    Astronauts installing new room on International Space Station - Nationmultimedia.com

    Link to time lapse video of instalation:

    Incredible! Watch Time-Lapse of EVA-1/Tranquility Node Berthing | Universe Today

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    Wonder how much this cost !

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    Don't matter how much it cost. It is a done deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai View Post
    Since arriving Wednesday at the ISS, the Endeavour crew has done further repair work on a faulty piece of equipment designed to turn urine into drinkable water. The equipment has frequently malfunctioned, and several recent shuttle flights have delivered replacement parts.

    Haha...(Heard on a Sunday morning at ISS):

    -WTF, my drinking water tastes like piss man!!

    -Thats because it is... it's that damn machine again....wait, I'll get you a Pepsi.


    Life in space can really be a bitch sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crippen View Post
    Wonder how much this cost !
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20100206/sc_space/worldslargestspacewindowheadedtoorbit

    "The Cupola cost an estimated 20 million Euros, or $27.2 million."

    Of course that is for the observation deck only and not the tranquility module that it mounts to or the cost of transporting it into orbit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai
    the Endeavour crew has done further repair work on a faulty piece of equipment designed to turn urine into drinkable water.
    aka the reverse mode orbital Heineken brewery.

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