[sarex] Atlantis Undocks From Space Station
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Sun Sep 17 08:07:54 PDT 2006
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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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