[sarex] P3/P4 Solar Arrays Deploying
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Tue Jun 12 09:46:40 PDT 2007
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> *P3/P4 Solar Arrays Deploying*
> Solar array wings Image above: The forward array of the space
> station's new solar array wings waits to be fully unfurled. Image
> credit: NASA TV
TO VIEW IMAGE GO
> The International Space Station’s new solar arrays are stretching to
> their full length with the assistance of the STS-117 and Expedition 15
> crews. The array is on the Starboard 3 and 4 (S3/S4) truss segment
> that was attached to the station Monday.
> Today’s deployment activities began about 11:43 a.m. EDT. The first
> array that will be deployed to its length of 115 feet is on the
> forward-facing side of the S3/S4. After the forward array is deployed,
> the process will repeat for the rear-facing array.
> The STS-117 crew will get a few hours of off duty time this afternoon
> before they begin preparations for the mission’s second spacewalk on
> Wednesday. Mission Specialists Steve Swanson and Pat Forrester will
> continue the activation of the S3/S4 and assist in the retraction of
> the starboard solar array on the Port 6 (P6) truss. Wednesday’s
> spacewalk is scheduled to begin at 2:03 p.m.
> The P6 will move from its current location atop the station to the end
> of the Port 5 truss during a future mission.
> *Managers Add Spacewalk, 2 Days to Mission*
> During a post-mission management briefing Monday, John Shannon, chair
> of the Mission Management Team, announced NASA will extend the mission
> two extra days and add a fourth spacewalk. The team extended the
> mission by two days and added a fourth EVA to provide time to repair
> the raised thermal blanket on the Orbital Maneuvering System pod. A
> decision about whether that job will be done on EVA 3 or EVA 4 is
> expected today.
> *STS-117 Mission*
> + The Crew
> + The Mission
> + The Integrated Truss Structure
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