[sarex] Crew Gets Ready for Thursday Landing
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Wed Jun 20 12:28:18 PDT 2007
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
*Crew Gets Ready for Thursday Landing*
The seven STS-117 astronauts are preparing for their return home. They
are stowing equipment and checking out Space Shuttle Atlantis’ systems.
Atlantis is scheduled to touch down Thursday at 1:55 p.m. EDT at Kennedy
Space Center, Fla. A second landing opportunity for KSC is available at
3:30 p.m. EDT. Weather forecasts Thursday afternoon call for a
possibility of thunder showers in the area.
This morning, Commander Rick Sturckow and Pilot Lee Archambault test
fired Atlantis' reaction control jets in preparation for the deorbit
burn that will begin the descent to Florida. The burn for the first
landing opportunity is slated to take place at 12:50 p.m. Thursday.
At 3:03 p.m. today, crew members will talk with reporters from NBC News,
ABC News and CNN Live. The interviews will be aired live on NASA TV.
Atlantis left the International Space Station on Tuesday. During its
stay at the station, which began June 10, the STS-117 crew continued the
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 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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