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Tranquility - Room With A View ... Tranquility: International Space Station (ISS) Modules Node 3 & Cupola - A new era of international NASA/ESA cooperation. --- Please SUBSCRIBE to Science & Reason: • • • --- Observation module: Cupola provides a pressurised observation and work area for the Space Station crew giving visibility to support, the control of the space station remote manipulator system and general external viewing of the Earth, celestial objects and visiting vehicles. • --- Tranquility, also known as Node 3, is an element scheduled to be added to the International Space Station (ISS). It was built under management of and paid for by ESA and the Italian Space Agency by Thales Alenia Space for NASA and will be owned and operated by NASA. It is currently planned to be flown to the ISS by STS-130. Launch is scheduled for February 7, 2010. The module provides six berthing locations, however three of those locations will be disabled as modules originally planned to be attached to Tranquility were canceled. STS-130 will also bring the Cupola, a large window module and robotics work station to the ISS which will be attached to the nadir-side of Tranquility. The module also includes various critical ISS systems, especially life support systems. The Tranquility module will contain the most advanced life support systems ever flown in space. These systems will recycle waste water for crew use and generate oxygen for the crew to breathe. In addition, Tranquility will contain an atmosphere revitalization system to remove contaminants from the atmosphere and monitor/control the atmosphere constituents of the ISS. Tranquility will also contain a Waste and Hygiene Compartment (toilet) for supporting the on-board crew. Tranquility will primarily be used for exercise, storage, and robotics work in connection with Cupola. • .
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