[sarex] NASA's Shuttle Atlantis Begins Mission to the Space Station
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> June 8, 2007
> John Yembrick
> Headquarters, Washington
> Tracy Young
> Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
> NASA'S SHUTTLE ATLANTIS BEGINS MISSION TO THE SPACE STATION
> CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The space shuttle Atlantis and its
> seven-member crew lifted off Friday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center
> at 7:38 p.m. EDT to continue construction of the International Space
> Shortly before launch, on behalf of the entire crew, Atlantis'
> Commander Rick Sturckow thanked the teams that help make this launch
> possible, and then added, "See you in a couple of weeks."
> During the 11-day mission, designated STS-117, the crew will add a new
> structural component to the station, deploy a new set of solar arrays
> and retract an existing array. Similar construction work was
> conducted on the previous two shuttle missions.
> The mission will deliver and install the 17.5 ton S3/S4 truss
> segments. This latest addition to the station's backbone will extend
> the right side of the truss and includes a new set of solar arrays.
> When unfolded, the 240-foot arrays provide additional power to the
> station in preparation for the arrival of new science modules from
> the European and Japanese space agencies. The crew also will retract
> a solar array to allow for the rotation of the new arrays to track
> the sun.
> The station's newest resident also is traveling aboard Atlantis.
> Astronaut Clayton Anderson will join the Expedition 15 crew. Sunita
> Williams, who has been aboard the station since December, will return
> to Earth with the Atlantis crew. Anderson is scheduled to return to
> Earth on space shuttle Discovery's STS-120 mission in October.
> Atlantis' crew is Sturckow, Pilot Lee Archambault and mission
> specialists Patrick Forrester, Steven Swanson, John "Danny" Olivas,
> Jim Reilly and Anderson.
> Atlantis originally was targeted for launch in March, but a hail storm
> damaged foam insulation on the shuttle's external fuel tank and
> forced managers to roll the spacecraft off the pad to make repairs.
> For the latest information about the STS-117 mission and its crew,
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