[sarex] Atlantis Docks With Space Station; Spacewalk Set for Monday
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*Atlantis Docks With Space Station; Spacewalk Set for Monday*
Space Shuttle AtlantisImage above: Space Shuttle Atlantis is pictured
moments after docking to the
International Space Station's Destiny laboratory. Image credit: NASA TV
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After a busy Sunday in which the STS-117 crew arrived at the
International Space Station, attention has turned to the mission’s first
spacewalk. The excursion, which will focus on the on-orbit assembly of
the station, is slated to begin at 1753 UTC. Monday.
Space Shuttle Atlantis and the STS-117 crew arrived at the station
Sunday at 1936 UTC, delivering a new truss segment and crew member to
the orbital outpost. The STS-117 crew entered the station for the first
time after the hatches between the shuttle and station opened at 2104 UTC..
The STS-117 astronauts quickly jumped into joint operations with the
station’s Expedition 15 crew. One of the first major tasks was the
station crew rotation. STS-117 Mission Specialist Clayton Anderson
switched places with Expedition 15 Flight Engineer Suni Williams, who
wrapped up a six-month tour of duty as a station crew member.
The crews also began preparations for Monday’s installation of the
Starboard 3 and 4 (S3/S4) truss segment and the spacewalk. The crews
used the shuttle robotic arm to lift the S3/S4 out of Atlantis’ payload
bay and to hand it off to the station arm.
The S3/S4, which contains a new set of solar arrays, is scheduled to be
attached to the station prior to the start of the spacewalk conducted by
STS-117 Mission Specialists John “Danny” Olivas and Jim Reilly. Olivas
and Reilly are spending the night in the station’s Quest Airlock in
preparation for the spacewalk.
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