[sarex] Atlantis Lands in California
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Fri Jun 22 13:05:40 PDT 2007
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
*Atlantis Lands in California*
Space shuttle Atlantis descended to a smooth landing at Edwards Air
Force Base, Calif., concluding a successful assembly mission to the
International Space Station. With Commander Rick Sturckow and Pilot Lee
Archambault at the controls, Atlantis landed at 3:49 p.m. EDT.
The STS-117 crew began its mission June 8 and arrived at the station
June 10. They quickly began work to install the Starboard 3 and 4
(S3/S4) truss structure to the outpost and retracted a set of arrays on
the Port 6 (P6) truss. The (S3/S4) contains a new set of solar arrays
that increases station power-generation capabilities. The P6 will be
relocated during a future assembly mission.
Mission Specialists Patrick Forrester, John “Danny” Olivas, Jim Reilly
and Steven Swanson conducted a total of four spacewalks to activate the
S3/S4 and to retract the P6 arrays. During the third spacewalk, Olivas
repaired an out of position thermal blanket on the left orbital
maneuvering system pod.
Landing also marked the end of a record-setting spaceflight by Mission
Specialist Suni Williams. She broke the record for the longest
spaceflight by a woman early in the morning on June 16.
Williams’ journey began in December with the launch of STS-116. She
lived on the space station for six months before switching places on the
STS-117 crew with Clayton Anderson, who is now a flight engineer on the
station. When Atlantis landed, she had accumulated 194 days, 18 hours
and 58 minutes during her spaceflight.
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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