Monday, February 08, 2010

Expedition 22 Awaits Arrival of Endeavour

Space shuttle Endeavour lifted off from Kennedy Space Center, Fla., at 4:14 a.m. EST Monday, beginning STS-130, the 32nd shuttle flight to the International Space Station.

Commander George Zamka is leading the STS-130 mission to the International Space Station aboard Endeavour. Terry Virts is serving as the pilot. Mission Specialists are Nicholas Patrick, Robert Behnken, Stephen Robinson and Kathryn Hire. Virts is making his first trip to space.

Shuttle Endeavour and its crew will deliver to the space station a third connecting module, the Italian-built Tranquility node and the seven-windowed Cupola, which will be used as a control room for robotics. The mission will feature three spacewalks.

Endeavour is scheduled to dock with the station at 12:09 a.m. Wednesday over the northern coast of Spain.