[sarex] Crew to Conduct Inspections
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Sun Sep 17 16:39:51 PDT 2006
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
*Atlantis Undocks From Space Station; Crew to Conduct Inspections*
Space Shuttle Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station at
8:50 a.m. EDT Sunday, ending STS-115’s successful stay and setting the
stage for future assembly missions. Now, the STS-115 crew members will
turn their attention to returning to Earth.
Atlantis delivered the P3/P4 integrated truss to the station on Sept.
11. 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.
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.
On Monday, the crew will use the robotic arm and boom sensor system to
conduct an inspection of Atlantis’ heat shield. The purpose of the
post-docking inspection is to look for damage from space junk and
Atlantis is scheduled to touch down at 5:57 a.m. (1057 UTC).Wednesday at
the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
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