The Tranquility Node will offer station keepers the best view of earth from inside the outpost…by far.
It is has a large cupola – with big 80 centimeter – 31 inch – porthole surrounded half dozen trapezoid windows. Built by the European Space Agency – this room with a view will also serve as a control tower for robot arm operations.
And it will have a special plaque somewhere in the mullions.
On it: some moon rocks collected by Neil Armstrong on July 20th 1969 – and carried to the top of Mount Everest by former astronaut Scott Parazynski on May 20th of 2009. Parazynski gave the moon rocks – along with a piece of Everest to shuttle commander George Zamka in Houston on January 6th. “Zambo” is one overqualified rock courier to be sure.