[sarex] Atlantis Undocks From Space Station
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Tue Jun 19 12:04:19 PDT 2007
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*Atlantis Undocks From Space Station*
Space Shuttle Atlantis fly-aroundImage above: This is a view of the
Space Shuttle Atlantis as it performs
a fly-around of the space station. Image credit: NASA TV
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STS-117’s constructive stay at the International Space Station came to a
close today when space shuttle Atlantis undocked. The two spacecraft
parted ways at 1441 UTC as they flew over the Coral Sea northeast of
After Pilot Lee Archambault backed the orbiter 450 feet from the
station, he performed a full fly-around to allow crew members to collect
video and imagery of the station and its newly expanded solar wings. He
then completed the final separation engine burn at 1628 UTC0
Later in the day, Archambault and Mission Specialists Patrick Forrester
and Steven Swanson will use the shuttle robot arm and the 50-foot long
Orbiter Boom Sensor System to conduct a late inspection of the thermal
The crew will spend Wednesday preparing for landing. Atlantis’ first
landing opportunity is at 1754 UTC Thursday at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
During its stay at the station, which began June 10, the STS-117 crew
continued the on-orbit construction of the station with the installation
of the Starboard 3 and 4 (S3/S4) truss segment.
The crew installed the truss June 11 and conducted four spacewalks to
activate the S3/S4 and assist in the retraction of 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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