[sarex] STS-117 Delivers New Crew Member, Truss Segment to Station
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*STS-117 Delivers New Crew Member, Truss Segment to Station*
image above: The International Space Station is viewed from Space
Shuttle Atlantis prior to docking. Image credit: NASA TV
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Space Shuttle Atlantis arrived at the International Space Station at
3:36 p.m. EDT today, delivering a new crew member and a new component to
the orbital outpost.
The station’s Expedition 15 crew and its visitors will begin joint
operations after the hatches open. The station is slated to officially
receive its newest crew member, astronaut Clayton Anderson, this
afternoon. Anderson traveled to the station with STS-117 and will swap
places with Expedition 15 Flight Engineer Suni Williams.
Anderson becomes a member of the station crew when his custom-made seat
liner is swapped out in the Soyuz spacecraft docked to the station.
Williams is wrapping up a six-month stay aboard the station. She will
return to Earth on Atlantis, which is slated to undock June 17.
Also arriving with Atlantis is the Starboard 3 and 4 (S3/S4) truss
segments. The S3/S4 contains a new set of solar arrays that will
increase the station’s power-generation capabilities. The new truss will
be attached Monday. 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.
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