[sarex] Expedition 15 Awaits Arrival of Atlantis,
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*Expedition 15 Awaits Arrival of Atlantis, New Crew Member*
Space Shuttle Atlantis is pictured separating from its external tank
moments after reaching orbitImage above: Space Shuttle Atlantis is
pictured separating from its external tank moments after reaching orbit.
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With the successful launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis, the stage is set
for changes at the International Space Station and for its crew.
Atlantis blasted off from Kennedy Space Center, Fla.’s Launch Pad 39A at
7:38 p.m. EDT Friday to begin a two-day chase of the station. The
STS-117 mission will continue the on-orbit construction of the station
with the delivery and installation of the Starboard 3 and 4 (S3/S4)
truss segments. Also traveling with STS-117 is a new Expedition 15 crew
member, astronaut Clayton Anderson, who will replace Flight Engineer
Suni Williams. At launch time, the station was flying above the southern
Indian Ocean southwest of Australia.
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Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov
and Williams will make final preparations for STS-117’s arrival. Docking
is set for 3:36 p.m. Sunday. Anderson and Williams are scheduled to
switch crews later that day.
The addition of the S3/S4 to the station is scheduled for Monday. The
segment contains a new set of solar arrays that will increase the
station's power-generation capabilities. The STS-117 crew will use the
station and shuttle robotic arms and conduct spacewalks to install and
activate the truss. Three spacewalks are scheduled for STS-117’s stay.
Atlantis is slated to undock from the station on June 17, the day after
Williams breaks the record for the longest spaceflight ever by a woman.
The record, 188 days and 4 hours, is currently held by NASA astronaut
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