[sarex] STS-115 MCC Status Report #17
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Sun Sep 17 14:43:34 PDT 2006
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
12:30 p.m. CDT Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
STATUS REPORT: STS-115-17
STS-115 MCC Status Report #17
The Space Shuttle Atlantis left a space station today markedly different
than the one to which it docked less than a week ago.
Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station at 7:50 a.m. CDT,
completing six days, two hours and two minutes of joint operations with
the station crew. As the shuttle departs, a new station crew is
preparing to launch to the complex tonight from the Baikonur Cosmodrome,
Atlantis left the station with a new, second pair of 240-foot solar
wings, attached to a new 17.5-ton section of truss with batteries,
electronics and a giant rotating joint. The new solar arrays eventually
will double the station's onboard power when their electrical systems
are brought online during the next shuttle flight, planned for launch in
Atlantis is now aiming for a 4:57 a.m. CDT Wednesday landing at the
Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Meanwhile, the station's Expedition 14 crew -- Commander and NASA
Science Officer Michael Lopez-Alegria, Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin
and spaceflight participant Anoushheh Ansari -- are set to launch in
their Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft from Baikonur at 11:09 p.m. CDT.
Lopez-Alegria and Tyurin will begin a six-month stay aboard the station
when they dock to the complex on Wednesday. Ansari is visiting the
station for eight days under a commercial agreement with the Russian
Federal Space Agency.
NASA TV coverage of the Expedition 14 launch begins at 10:30 p.m. CDT.
After undocking, Atlantis' crew -- Commander Brent Jett, Pilot Chris
Ferguson and Mission Specialists Dan Burbank, Joe Tanner, Heide
Stefanyshyn-Piper and Steve MacLean -- got a breath-taking view of the
station as the shuttle circled the complex. During their stay at the
station, the shuttle crew conducted three spacewalks in four days to
prepare the new components for operation.
As Atlantis performed a full fly-around of the station, the shuttle crew
took photographs and video of the complex's new T-shaped solar array
configuration. The station's truss now stretches 179 feet.
In addition to the new truss section and its arrays, the astronauts
transferred 800 pounds of hardware and 1,043 pounds of water to the
station in exchange for 1,084 pounds of returning hardware. They also
placed about 200 pounds of launch locks, restraints and other unneeded
hardware on ISS Progress 21 for disposal.
The shuttle astronauts spent five days, 21 hours and 57 minutes with
hatches open to the station working with the station's Expedition 13
crew -- Commander Pavel Vinogradov, and Flight Engineers Jeff Williams
and Thomas Reiter. The hatches were shut for Atlantis' undoccking at
5:27 a.m. CDT. Vinogradov, Williams and Ansari will land in a Soyuz
spacecraft in Kazakhstan Sept. 29. Vinogradov and Williams have been in
orbit since March.
On Monday, the shuttle crew will use the ship’s robotic arm to grapple
the boom sensor system once more to conduct a final inspection of the
heat shielding on Atlantis’ wings and nose cap. The additional late
inspecting ensures the areas still are in good shape for entry into the
atmosphere and landing.
Atlantis' crew begins their sleep period at 2:15 p.m. CDT and will
awaken at 10:15 p.m. CDT. The next STS-115 mission status report will be
issued following crew wakeup, or earlier if events warrant.
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