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The six-member crew of the next space shuttle mission arrived in T-38 training aircraft at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Monday, Jan. 18, to participate in a full launch dress rehearsal, known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test. The test provides an opportunity for the crew and ground teams to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency egress training. Shuttle Endeavour is targeted to launch on its STS-130 mission to the International Space Station on Feb. 7 at 4:39 a.m. EST. The crew members are Commander George Zamka, Pilot Terry Virts and Mission Specialists Robert Behnken, Nicholas Patrick, Kathryn Hire and Stephen Robinson.

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NASA has a problem with cooling hoses designed for a new "room" scheduled for delivery to the International Space Station by space shuttle Endeavour next month. It's not clear, however, if the issue could delay the mission.
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An astronaut of Colombian decent, George Zamka, will command a NASA flight aboard space shuttle Endeavour to the International Space Station on February 7.
The mission, which is set to launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida, will mark the end of a historic year for Hispanic astronauts in NASA.

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The shuttle Endeavour was hauled to a launch pad Wednesday for work to ready the ship for a planned February 7 launch on a space station assembly mission, the first of a final five flights planned for 2010.
Endeavour, mounted atop a mobile launch platform carried by an Apollo-era crawler-transporter, began the 3.4-mile trip from the Vehicle Assembly Building to launch complex 39A at 4:13 a.m. EST. The MLP was "hard down" at the pad at 10:37 a.m.

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The space shuttle Endeavour , sitting atop NASA's crawler transporter, makes its way to Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday.NASA braved below-freezing temperatures in Florida on Wednesday to move the space shuttle Endeavour to its seaside launch pad for a planned Feb. 7 blastoff to the International Space Station.

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A moon rock collected during the historic Apollo 11 mission more than 40 years ago will be heading back to space and a new home aboard the International Space Station, sharing quarters with a piece of Mt. Everest.
On May 20, 2009, former NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski carried the rock to the top of Mt. Everest where he collected a rock from the world's highest mountain to accompany the lunar sample for its return to space.

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From the Sea of Tranquillity to Mount Everest and soon to the International Space Station, this is going to be one well-travelled rock.
A moon rock collected during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission will be carried to the International Space Station by space shuttle Endeavour next month.

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