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In pictures: Spectacular launch of NASA's space shuttle Endeavour


At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from Launch Pad 39A on the STS-130 mission to the International Space Station at 4:14 a.m. EST.
This was the second launch attempt for Endeavour's and its crew and the final scheduled space shuttle night launch. The first attempt on Feb. 7 was scrubbed due to unfavorable weather.
Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann


"What a beautiful launch we had this morning... the orbiter performed extremely well," said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations, during the STS-130 postlaunch news conference. "This is a great start to a very complicated mission."

After a one day delay due to clouds, space shuttle Endeavour launched at 4:14 a.m. EST Monday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with a new module and an attached cupola for the International Space Station that should increase human understanding of our home planet.



The transportation canister containing Tranquility, the International Space Station's Node 3, is lifted toward the payload changeout room in the fixed service structure on Launch Pad 39A.
Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller



The space shuttle Endeavour is seen shortly after the rotating service structure is rolled back on Saturday Feb. 6, 2010 at pad 39a of the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls



NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, standing left, and other NASA mission managers monitor the countdown of the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour and the start of the STS-130 mission from Firing Room Four of the Launch Control Center at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Sunday Feb. 7, 2010. Space shuttle Endeavour's launch attempt was scrubbed due to a low cloud ceiling over Kennedy Space Center. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls



At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the STS-130 crew, dressed in their orange launch-and-entry suits, wave to spectators as they walk out of the Operations and Checkout Building for the ride in the Astrovan to Launch Pad 39A.
In the left column, from the front, are Commander George Zamka and Mission Specialists Kathryn Hire and Nicholas Patrick. In the right column, from the front, are Pilot Terry Virts and Mission Specialists Stephen Robinson and Robert Behnken. This is the second launch attempt for space shuttle Endeavour's STS-130 crew.
The first attempt on Feb. 7 was scrubbed due to unfavorable weather.
Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett




NASA Administrator Charles Bolden talks with other NASA mission managers in Firing Room Four of the Launch Control Center as they monitor the countdown of the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour and the start of the STS-130 mission at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Monday Feb. 8, 2010. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls



NASA Shuttle Launch Director Michael Leinbach talks with other launch managers in Firing Room Four of the Launch Control Center as they monitor the countdown of the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour and the start of the STS-130 mission at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Monday Feb. 8, 2010. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls 



NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, left, and NASA Associate Administrator Chris Scolese are seen in Firing Room Four of the Launch Control Center as they monitor the countdown of the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour and the start of the STS-130 mission at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Monday Feb. 8, 2010. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls



Space shuttle Endeavour lights up the clouds over Launch Pad 39A as it lifts off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo credit: NASA/Ben Cooper


NASA Administrator Charles Bolden looks out the window of Firing Room Four in the Launch Control Center during the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour and the start of the STS-130 mission at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Monday Feb. 8, 2010. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA Associate Administrator Chris Scolese (left), NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (right), and other mission managers are seen in Firing Room Four of the Launch Control Center as they monitor the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour and the start of the STS-130 mission at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Monday Feb. 8, 2010. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

The space shuttle Endeavour is seen on a monitor in Firing Room Four of the Launch Control Center as it launches from pad 39a at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Monday Feb. 8, 2010. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls


Guests look on from the terrace of Operations Support Building II as space shuttle Endeavour launches from pad 39A on the STS-130 mission early Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Photo Credit: NASA/Paul E. Alers

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, left, is seen in this fish-eye view as he shakes hands with NASA Shuttle Launch Director Michael Leinbach after congratulating Leinbach and the entire launch team in Firing Room Four of the Launch Control Center for a successful launch of the space shuttle Endeavour and the start of the STS-130 mission at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla, on Monday Feb. 8, 2010. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls



Endeavour and its crew will deliver to the International 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.

Source: NASA


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