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Wednesday, 11 November 2009 16:00

European Space Agency to Transfer Ownership of Tranquility Node to NASA

Written by  Devon Daniels
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TranquilityOn Friday, November 20th, The European Space Agency (ESA) will transfer ownership of the Tranquility node over to NASA.

Tranquility is a pressurized module that will provide room for many of the station’s support systems. Attached to the node is a unique work station with six sides. There are windows on all sides, and on the top.

Tranquility is the last element of a barter agreement for station hardware. Tranquility will be received in exchange for NASA’s delivery of ESA’s Columbus laboratory. Tranquility was built by Thales Alenia Space in Turin, Italy.

Tranquility will be delivered to the space station during space shuttle Endeavour’s STS-130 mission. February 4, 2010 is the targeted launch date.

There will be a commemorative ceremony at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 2:00 pm.

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