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The Node-3 connecting module
Science & Exploration

Node 3: Connecting Module

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ESA / Science & Exploration / Human and Robotic Exploration / International Space Station

Node-3 or Tranquillity houses the life support equipment necessary for the International Space Station crew. It also accommodates ESA's Cupola observation module, a seven window dome-shaped structure from where the Space Station's robotic arm, Canadarm 2, is operated. From Cupola the crew have a panoramic view of space. Launched on Space Shuttle flight STS-130 in February 2010, Node-3 was attached to the port side of Node-1 Unity.

Node-3 specifications
Length 6706 mm
Diameter 4480 mm
Mass budget
Launch mass 15 500 kg
On-orbit payload mass 19 000 kg

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