[sarex] STS-115 STATUS 11 SEPT 2006
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Mon Sep 11 14:59:25 PDT 2006
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
*Astronauts Prepare for Spacewalk With Campout*
STS-115 Mission Specialists Joe Tanner and Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper
are on a “campout” in the International Space Station’s Quest Airlock.
They are spending the night in the airlock in preparation for their
first spacewalk, which takes place after the P3/P4 integrated truss is
attached to the station on Tuesday.
The 45-foot-long truss structure, which contains a set of solar arrays,
is slated to be attached to the P1 truss at 4 a.m. EDT. The spacewalkers
will begin their excursion at 5:15 a.m.( 0915 UTC) to prepare the truss
for solar array deployment.
“Camping out” helps the spacewalkers begin the spacewalk earlier by
reducing the amount of time typically required for the pre-breathe
exercise and some spacewalk preparations.
The STS-115 crew is slated to enter its sleep period at 4:15 p.m. and
wake up at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Atlantis and the STS-115 crew arrived at the station at 6:48 a.m. The
STS-115 and the station’s Expedition 13 crews quickly went to work
shortly after the hatches opened at 8:30 a.m. The crews used the shuttle
robotic arm to hand off the P3/P4 to the station arm at 10:52 a.m. The
crew also began transferring cargo between the vehicles.
+ Read about the crew
+ Read about the mission
+ Read about the P3/P4 Truss
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