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Space Installing a Room With a View

Discussion in 'Tech, Science, and Space' started by Robby, Feb 16, 2010.

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  1. Robby

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    Installing a Room With a View


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    In the grasp of the Canadarm2, the cupola was relocated from the forward port to the Earth-facing port of the International Space Station's newly installed Tranquility node. The cupola is a robotic control station with six windows around its sides and another in the center that will provide a panoramic view of Earth, celestial objects and visiting spacecrafts. With the installation of Tranquility and cupola, the space station is about 90 percent complete. Image Credit: NASA (More at NASA Picture Of The Day)
     
  2. Tim

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    This came up on the newsites here and it was quite interesting to think about the safety factors they needed. The cupola in the picture I've seen has a lid hinged back. I am wondering if that is bolted down for radiation issues? Someone has to space walk to do it or it is powered? For some reason I tend to think windows are less protective against that sort of thing? Or am I going totally wrong here?
     

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