[sarex] Discovery Closes In On Station -
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Mon Dec 11 13:55:19 PST 2006
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
115 FEET BEHIND THE ISS
The arrival of Space Shuttle Discovery this afternoon will set the stage
for a change aboard the International Space Station. Discovery, which is
scheduled to arrive at 5:05 p.m. EST, is delivering a new crew member to
STS-116 Commander Mark Polansky guided Discovery through a back-flip
maneuver about 4:05 p.m. to allow the station's Expedition 14 crew to
take pictures of Discovery's heat shield. The images will be down linked
to the ground for analysis by shuttle engineers.
NASA Astronaut Sunita Williams will join the Expedition 14 crew about an
hour after she and the STS-116 crew enter the station for the first time
about 7:02 p.m. She will replace European Space Agency Astronaut Thomas
Reiter, who will return to Earth with the STS-116 crew. The crew
rotation will be official when the custom-made seat liners are swapped
out in the Soyuz spacecraft docked to the station.
STS-116 is also delivering the P5 integrated truss structure to the
station. The P5 will be attached to the end of the P4 to set the stage
for the addition of the P6. Three spacewalks are scheduled during
STS-116’s stay to install the P5 and to reconfigure and redistribute
power generated by the station’s solar arrays.
The Expedition 14 and STS-116 crews will conduct a week of joint
operations. In addition to the spacewalks, they will transfer cargo
between the vehicles. Discovery and its crew are scheduled to stay at
the station until Dec. 18.
For the latest news and information on STS-116, visit the main shuttle
page. + Read more
+ Read more about Expedition 14
+ View crew's daily timelines
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