[sarex] Atlantis Undocks From Space Station

Arthur Rowe azrowe80 at verizon.net
Sun Sep 17 08:07:54 PDT 2006


Atlantis Undocks From Space Station

Space Shuttle Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station at 
8:50 a.m. EDT today, ending STS-115’s successful stay and setting the 
stage for future assembly missions.

Atlantis delivered the P3/P4 integrated truss to the station. The 
STS-115 and Expedition 13 crews used the shuttle and station robotic 
arms to attach the truss to the orbital outpost. Then, STS-115 
astronauts conducted three spacewalks in four days to prepare the truss 
and its solar arrays for operation.

The hatches between the station and Space Shuttle Atlantis closed at 
6:27 a.m. EDT.

After Atlantis undocked, Pilot Chris Ferguson performed a 360-degree 
fly-around of the station to allow his crewmates to collect imagery of 
the newly-expanded station.

Atlantis is scheduled to touch down at 5:57 a.m. Wednesday at the 
Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

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