[sarex] Station Spreads New Wings;
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Tue Jun 12 12:26:48 PDT 2007
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*Station Spreads New Wings; Crew to Prep for Spacewalk*
Image above: The rear-facing solar array on the space station's S3/S4
truss is fully deployed. Image credit: NASA TV
The International Space Station spread its new set of wings today,
and now the STS-117 crew members can turn their attention to the
mission’s next spacewalk.
TO VIEW THE IMAGE GO
The solar arrays on the newly installed Starboard 3 and 4 (S3/S4) truss
segment deployed to their full length with the assistance of the STS-117
crew. The S3/S4 was installed onto the station Monday before the start
of STS-117’s first spacewalk, during which STS-117 astronauts began
activating the truss. The arrays will increase the station’s ability to
generate power when they go online.
Today’s deployment activities occurred in steps, beginning about 11:43
a.m. EDT. The forward-facing array on the S3/S4 was first deployed to
its length of 115 feet. The procedure was repeated for the rear-facing
array which was fully deployed about 1:58 p.m.
The STS-117 astronauts are scheduled to enjoy a few hours of off duty
time this afternoon before beginning 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 during
the spacewalk. Wednesday’s excursion is scheduled to begin at 2:03 p.m.
The P6 will move from its location atop the station to the end of the
Port 5 truss during a future mission.
Tonight at 9:13, STS-117 crew members will participate in interviews
with CBS News and El Paso, Texas, TV stations KFOX-TV and KTSM-TV. The
interviews will be aired on NASA TV.
*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.
The next Mission Status Briefing is slated to take place at 6 p.m. today
and air on NASA TV.
+ The Crew
+ The Mission
+ The Integrated Truss Structure
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