[sarex] Flight Controllers Test Russian Computers;
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*Flight Controllers Test Russian Computers; Management to Discuss
S117-E-07686 --- STS-117 and Expedition 15 crewmembers gather for a
group portraitImage above: The STS-117 and Expedition 15 crewmembers
gather for a group portrait during a joint crew press conference in the
Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station while Space
Shuttle Atlantis was docked with the station. Image credit: NASA
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Russian and U.S. flight controllers this morning tested the ability of
Russian navigation computers to handle attitude control of the
International Space Station. If the flight controllers and mission
managers like what they saw, space shuttle Atlantis and the STS-117 crew
will undock from the International Space Station and begin the journey
home on Tuesday.
The STS-117 Mission Management Team is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. EDT
to discuss the results of the test and an announcement of the decision
about undocking is expected shortly after the meeting concludes.
The STS-117 crew is scheduled to bid farewell today to the Expedition 15
crew before the hatches close at 6:23 p.m. between Atlantis and the
station. Atlantis is slated to undock at 10:42 a.m. Tuesday.
STS-117 arrived at the station June 10, delivering the Starboard 3 and 4
truss segment to the station. The crew installed the truss June 11 and
conducted four spacewalks to activate the S3/S4 and assist in the
retraction of a solar array on the Port 6 truss. During the third
spacewalk, the crew repaired an out of position thermal blanket on the
left orbital maneuvering system pod.
Atlantis also delivered a new station crew member, Flight Engineer
Clayton Anderson. He replaced astronaut Suni Williams, who is the new
record holder for a long-duration single spaceflight for a woman. She
arrived at the station in December with STS-116.
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