At NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39A, workers closed space shuttle Endeavour’s payload bay doors for flight during the weekend.
Pad maintenance and checks will be conducted until launch day, which is targeted for Feb. 7 at 4:39 a.m. EST.
The six STS-130 mission astronauts will review flight data and practice in-flight maintenance procedures today at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
At the conclusion of the executive-level Flight Readiness Review that will be held at Kennedy on Jan. 27, the official launch date will be announced during a press briefing.
Endeavour’s STS-130 Mission
Commander George Zamka will lead the STS-130 mission to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Endeavour. Terry Virts will serve as the pilot. Mission Specialists are Nicholas Patrick, Robert Behnken, Stephen Robinson and Kathryn Hire. Virts will be making his first trip to space.
Shuttle Endeavour and its crew will deliver to the 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.