"Вероятно, теперь обитатели МКС будут проводить все свое свободное время в обзорной комнате, откуда открываются замечательные виды на нашу планету. Сложно объяснить, насколько это красиво, когда ты находишься в космосе", - сказал Стивен Робинсон, технический специалист миссии STS-130.
1. In February 2010, NASA's shuttle Endeavour delivered the ultimate bay window to the International Space during the STS-130 shuttle mission. Here's an artist's interpretation of the new lookout, called the Cupola, after its installation. It has seven windows, including the largest ever built for space.
2. A day after helping unwrap and unlock the station's new Cupola lookout, NASA astronaut Nicholas Patrick is pictured inside the observation deck in this photo taken from a different window at the International Space Station on Feb. 18, 2010 during the STS-130 mission.
3. Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi took this view from inside the cupola just after its windows were first opened on Feb. 17, 2010. The cupola's window shutters are open and the Sahara desert is visible below.
4. The International Space Station's new Cupola observation dome is seen with all seven of its window shutters open on Feb. 17, 2010 after a spacewalk to unlock its launch restraints during NASA's STS-130 mission.
5. Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi posted this photo of the shuttle Endeavour as seen from the International Space Station's new Cupola lookout windows on his Twitter page Feb. 18, 2010 during NASA's STS-130 mission.
6. The camera tables are turned on Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi as a crewmate snaps his photo while he takes pictures out the International Space Station's new Cupola observation deck on Feb. 18, 2010 during the STS-130 shuttle mission.
7. The sun rises over the limb of the Earth in this photo taken from the International Space Station's new Cupola observation deck on Feb. 18, 2010. A Russian Progress spacecraft, docked to the Pirs Docking Compartment, is visible at right.
8. STS-130 mission specialist Nicholas Patrick waves to crewmates inside the International Space Station on Feb. 17, 2010 while putting the finishing touches on the outpost's new Cupola observation deck during the STS-130 mission.
9. Russian Soyuz and Progress spacecrafts, docked to the International Space Station, are featured in this photo taken by a shuttle astronaut from the station's new Cupola observation deck on Feb. 17, 2010 during the STS-130 shuttle mission.
10. Watch your step: This photo, taken from inside the Tranquility on the International Space Station, shows the entrance to the new Cupola lookout dome. An Endeavour shuttle astronaut snapped this view on Feb. 18, 2010 during the STS-130 shuttle mission.
11. The STS-130 crew poses for a portrait in the newly-installed Cupola of the International Space Station while space shuttle Endeavour is docked. Pictured clockwise (from the top) are NASA astronauts George Zamka, commander; Terry Virts, pilot; Kathryn Hire, Nicholas Patrick, Robert Behnken and Stephen Robinson, all mission specialists. The photo was taken Feb. 18, 2010
12. STS-130 Commander George Zamka (right) and Expedition 22 Commander Jeff Williams hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate Tranquility and the Cupola on Feb. 19, 2010. Moon rock samples and a stone from the top of Mt. Everest were installed in the new bay window.
13. The space shuttle Endeavour backs away from the International Space Station in this photo taken after the two spacecraft undocked Feb. 19, 2010. Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi posted the snapshot, which includes the station's new Tranquility module and Cupola lookout (top left), to his Twitter page.
14. This view of the International Space Station's new Cupola lookout shows all seven window shutters open as the station flew over the night side of Earth on Feb. 18, 2010. The thin blue and orange curve at bottom right is the limb of the Earth. Sunrise is coming. An exterior video camera caught the scene.
15. Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi posted this photo of NASA astronaut (and his good friend) Stephen "Stevie Ray" Robinson playing the guitar in the new Cupola lookout on the International Space Station. "Let the world hear his strings from above," Noguchi wrote on his Twitter page on Feb. 20, 2010 during the STS-130 shuttle mission that delivered the Cupola