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Mission Underway and Amazing Launch Video

290772main_leo_attached.jpgImage Courtesy NASA

We’re on day three of the STS-126 mission, and the space shuttle has successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS). Today, the crew transferred the Leonardo module from the shuttle to the ISS and began preparing for the first spacewalk of the mission tomorrow. The astronauts who will be conducting the spacewalk sleep in a separate compartment tonight with elevated Oxygen levels to prepare their bodies.

If you’re interested in watching the mission live, check out NASA TV online for 24-7 coverage: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/

In the past three years, NASA has attached cameras to every part of the shuttle to monitor for debris impact on launch. Recently, they attached cameras to the top and the bottom of each of the solid rocket boosters that detach from the shuttle and fall back to earth. They have not yet posted this video from STS-126, but here is a sample from another recent launch, including sound. Just amazing!

Video Courtesy NASA