STS-130 Fact Sheet

By Cliff Lethbridge

STS-130 – Endeavour

130th Space Shuttle Mission

24th Flight of Endeavour


George D. Zamka, Commander

Terry Virts, Pilot

Kathryn P. Hire, Mission Specialist

Stephen Robinson, Mission Specialist

Nicholas Patrick, Mission Specialist

Robert L. Behnken, Mission Specialist

Orbiter Preparations:

Rollover to Vehicle Assembly Building – December 11, 2009

Rollout to Launch Pad 39A – January 6, 2010


February 8, 2010 – 4:14:08 a.m. EST. February 7, 2010 launch attempt was scrubbed due to unacceptable cloud cover at the Kennedy Space Center Return to Launch Site (RTLS) abort landing site. Launch on February 8, 2010 occurred on time with no delays.


February 21, 2010 – 10:22:10 p.m. EST at Runway 15, Kennedy Space Center. Landing occurred during the 217th orbit. Mission duration was 13 days, 18 hours, 8 minutes, 3 seconds.

Mission Summary:

The primary payload was the Tranquility module and the Cupola, featuring six side windows and another in the center, providing a 360-degree view of the International Space Station (ISS). Docking between Endeavour and ISS occurred on February 10, 2010. Undocking occurred on February 20, 2010.

There were three spacewalks during the mission. The first spacewalk was conducted on February 12, 2010 and lasted 6 hours, 32 minutes. Astronauts Behnken and Patrick prepared the exterior port of the ISS Unity Module to receive the Tranquility Module. The Tranquility Module was attached, and the astronauts made connections between the module and ISS to bring the pressurized module to life.

The second spacewalk was conducted on February 14, 2010 and lasted 5 hours, 54 minutes. Astronauts Behnken and Patrick installed ammonia plumbing between Unity, Destiny and Tranquility and covered them with thermal insulation. They also prepared the Tranquility Module to receive the Cupola.

The third spacewalk was conducted on February 17, 2010 and lasted 5 hours, 48 minutes. Astronauts Behnken and Patrick activated the ammonia cooling lines between Unity and Tranquility, installed heater and data cables on Tranquility, and removed insulation and launch locks from the Cupola. They also installed handrails on the Tranquility exterior.