Here's the first view from the open Cupola, the huge window installed in Tranquility. And yes, it looks like the view from Darth Vader's loft in the Death Star, overlooking Tatooine. Update: Multiple HD shots inside.


Cupola was installed in the new module recently attached to the International Space Station by the Endeavour crew, and has now be opened for the first time. And the view actually is Tatooine: This is the Sahara desert, where Luke's home planet scenes were filmed. [Thanks John Benac—ISS Logistics Engineer at Boeing—for the shots, and Gonzalo Oxenford for the heads up]