Fewer than 48 hours ago, the space shuttle Endeavor docked at the International Space Station, bringing the count of MIT affiliates at the ISS up to three. Nicholas Patrick SM ’90, PhD ’96, and Stephen Robinson, who was a visiting engineer at the MIT Man Vehicle Laboratory in the early 1990s, hitched a ride on the Endeavor. They joined Tim Creamer SM ’92, who has been there since late December 2009.
Later in the week, Patrick will participate in three extravehicular activities to attach the Tranquility module and Cupola observatory to the ISS. The Cupola, which has received ample media attention recently, will function as a panoramic picture-window that will allow astronauts views of Earth, celestial objects, and visiting spacecraft.
Alumnus John Tylko ’79 attended the launch at the Kennedy Space Center in east-central Florida. Take a look at some of the photos he captured: