[sarex] Station Gets New Truss Segment
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Tue Jun 12 03:25:00 PDT 2007
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*Station Gets New Truss Segment*
Jim Reilly during the June 11, 2007 spacewalkImage above: STS-117
Mission Specialist Jim Reilly during the
mission's first spacewalk. Image credit: NASA TV
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The International Space Station grew today when STS-117 and Expedition
15 crew members attached the Starboard 3 and 4 truss (S3/S4) segment.
The new truss was attached at 2:28 p.m. EDT.
The S3/S4, which is 45 feet long and weighs 35,678 pounds, was attached
to the end of the Starboard 1 truss segment by crew members using the
station’s robotic arm. The S3/S4 contains a new set of solar arrays that
will increase the station’s power-generation capabilities.
The STS-117 crew will conduct three spacewalks to activate the S3/S4.
The first spacewalk began at 2002 UTC Monday and lasted until 0217 UTC
The new solar arrays are slated to be deployed Tuesday.
Late Sunday, NASA Astronaut Clayton Anderson joined the Expedition 15
crew, replacing Flight Engineer Suni Williams. Anderson arrived at the
station as a member of Space Shuttle Atlantis’ crew. Atlantis docked to
the station at 1936 UTC Sunday.
He and Williams officially changed crews when his custom-made seat liner
was 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 19. Anderson is
scheduled to leave the station this fall.
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