[sarex] Crews Hold News Conference; Atlantis to Undock Sunday
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Crews Hold News Conference; Atlantis to Undock Sunday
\The STS-115 and Expedition 13 crews are close to wrapping up a
constructive week aboard the International Space Station. Today is the
last full day of joint operations.
The STS-115 crew arrived Sept. 11 and resumed the assembly of the
station with the installation of the P3/P4 truss structure. The crew
conducted three spacewalks in four days to prepare the P3/P4 and its
solar arrays for operation.
The crews held the traditional joint news conference earlier today.
STS-115 Commander Brent Jett said this mission is a good start to the
series of upcoming construction flights. “All of the rest of the
assembly missions are going to be challenging.” Jett said. “We have
similar payloads flying in the future. We are off to a good start on
assembly. I think we can pass along a lot of the lessons to the future
The STS 115 crew enjoyed some much-deserved off duty time this morning.
For the remainder of the day, the crews will transfer cargo between
Space Shuttle Atlantis and the station.
Atlantis is slated to undock from the station at 8:50 a.m. EDT Sunday.
Atlantis is scheduled to land 5:57 a.m. on Wednesday at the Space
Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
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