[sarex] STS-117 Leaves Station With New Truss, Crew Member
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Wed Jun 20 19:00:39 PDT 2007
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*STS-117 Leaves Station With New Truss, Crew Member*
s117e08045 -- The International Space StationImage above: The
International Space Station is viewed from Space
Shuttle Atlantis after undocking Tuesday, June 19 at
10:42 a.m. EDT. Image credit: NASA;
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When the STS-117 crew members undocked space shuttle Atlantis at 10:42
a.m. EDT Tuesday, they left the International Space Station bigger and
more powerful than it was when they arrived. Atlantis also delivered a
new Expedition 15 crew member to the orbital outpost.
Expedition 15 welcomed its visitors onto the station June 10 shortly
after Atlantis docked. A few hours later Astronaut Clayton Anderson
replaced Suni Williams as a flight engineer on the Expedition 15 crew.
Williams will return to Earth with STS-117, wrapping up a six-month-plus
stay in space during which she became the new record holder for the
longest single spaceflight by a woman.
On June 11, the STS-117 crew installed the Starboard 3 and 4 truss
segment onto the station. The visiting astronauts conducted four
spacewalks to activate the new truss and its solar arrays. The S3/S4 is
45 feet long and weighs 35,678 pounds. The S3/S4 also contains a rotary
joint that will allow its arrays to track the sun. The S3/S4 arrays
increase the station’s power generation capabilities.
The STS-117 crew also assisted with the retraction of the Port 6 (P6)
truss array. The P6 will be relocated from atop the station to the end
of the Port 5 truss by a future shuttle crew.
The next shuttle mission scheduled to visit the International Space
Station is STS-118 in August.
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