[sarex] Atlantis En Route to California
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Fri Jun 22 12:05:13 PDT 2007
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
*Atlantis En Route to California*
Shuttle Training AircraftImage above: Astronaut Scott Altman approaches
the runway at
Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., in a Shuttle Training Aircraft to
assess landing conditions. Image credit: NASA TV
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STS-117 Commander Rick Sturckow and Pilot Lee Archambault fired space
shuttle Atlantis’ engines at 1843 UTC to begin the descent for a 1949
UTC landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Atlantis’ flight path will bring it over San Diego and just east of Los
Angeles before it touches down at Edwards where it will be greeted by
fair skies and light winds.
Rain showers forced flight controllers to wave off two landing
opportunities at Kennedy.
Landing will bring to an end a successful construction mission to the
International Space Station. Atlantis launched June 8 and arrived at the
station on June 10. While at the orbital outpost, the crew installed the
Starboard 3 and 4 truss segment and conducted four spacewalks to
activate it. 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.
STS-117 is the 118th shuttle mission and 21st mission to visit the space
station. The next mission, STS-118, is slated to launch in August.
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