[sarex] Atlantis, STS-115 Crew Return to Earth
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Thu Sep 21 05:01:40 PDT 2006
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Atlantis, STS-115 Crew Return to Earth
Space Shuttle Atlantis glided to a landing this morning at Kennedy Space
Center, Fla., concluding a successful mission to resume construction of
the International Space Station. Atlantis and the six-member STS-115
crew spent nearly 12 days in space.
Touchdown occurred at 6:21 a.m. EDT at the Shuttle Landing Facility. It
was the 21st night landing for a space shuttle and the 15th night
landing at the Florida spaceport.
Atlantis launched Sept. 9 and arrived at the station on the 11th. The
crew delivered the P3/P4 integrated truss segment to the station and
conducted three successful spacewalks primarily devoted to preparing the
truss and its solar arrays for operation. The 17.5-ton truss will
provide power and data services for the station. The solar arrays, which
were unfurled on Sept. 14, span 240 feet and will double the station’s
power generation capability once they become operational.
STS-115 was the 116th shuttle flight and the 19th mission to visit the
space station. Atlantis has now flown 27 times and made six trips to the
Post-Landing News Conferences Scheduled
At no earlier than 8:30 a.m. NASA TV will carry live a post-landing news
conference with Administrator Michael Griffin, Deputy Associate
Administrator for Space Operations Lynn Cline, NASA Launch Director Mike
Leinbach and Launch Integration Manager LeRoy Cain.
Later, at no earlier than 11:30 a.m. the STS-115 crew will hold a news
conference to discuss the mission.
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