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International Space Station Gets a Room with a View

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Space Shuttle Endeavour is delivering an observation deck along with more living space to the International Space Station next week:

"The dome going up on Endeavour - like a big bay window - should greatly improve the quality of life aboard the space station. When astronauts exercise in the Tranquility, for instance, they will be able to gaze out the nearby dome windows whenever the shutters are open. And when the day's work is done, they will be able to pop their heads and shoulders into the 5-foot tall cupola, beholding the universe. The lookout also will provide 360-degree views of the space station, allowing the crew to see directly outside during robotic work. Until now, they've had to rely on TV cameras when they use the robot arm to move or install big-ticket items."

The Cupola module was built in Italy.

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  1. I appreciate the fact we have an International Space Station, but I mean, we already have technology and resources to create a much bigger and better version of it, with artificial gravity, by reusing space shuttle external fuel tanks.

    Posted by: Joel | Feb 5, 2010 1:45:17 PM

  2. Can't wait to see some video taken from inside this module looking out!

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Feb 5, 2010 6:03:17 PM

  3. Wouldn't it be nice if we could improve the lives of those on this earth FIRST, like perhaps those on our streets?

    Posted by: billy | Feb 16, 2010 2:33:28 PM

  4. Hey Andy,

    Great photo! I'm always impressed by the great pics you have on your blog-this one is definitely a screen saver. Nice to see that your interests extend beyond politics and culture. I admire a man with a healthy level of curiosity.

    Posted by: robert | Feb 16, 2010 3:26:51 PM

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