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Endeavor crew members began testing the shuttle's heat shield

As the Endeavor makes its way to the space station, the astronauts operate equipment to take a XNUMXD image of the shuttle's underside

Tranquility component on Endeavour's cargo deck, STS-130. Photo: NASA TV
Tranquility component on Endeavour's cargo deck, STS-130. Photo: NASA TV
The STS-130 mission crew that took off yesterday morning from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on their way to the International Space Station, activated the robotic arm with an extension kit that includes cameras to take detailed video footage of the shuttle's heat shield.

These images will provide crews on the ground with a three-dimensional view of the shuttle's heat shield so they can confirm that no damage occurred during the launch.

Later today, two of Endeavour's astronauts, Nick Patrick and Bob Behnken, are expected to test the spacesuits they will wear during the three expected spacewalks during which they will install the Tranquility Component and the Cupola Observation Component. They will then install a camera in the shuttle's docking facility. Kay Hare and Steve Robinson will test the tools that will be used for the rendezvous with the space station on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday.

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