[sarex] STS-120 Crew Closes Hatches to Station

Arthur Rowe azrowe80 at verizon.net
Sun Nov 4 13:20:03 PST 2007


*STS-120 Crew Closes Hatches to Station; Discovery to Undock Monday*

Image Above: The STS-120 and Expedition 16 crew members bid farewell to 
each other. Image credit: NASA TV

The STS-120 crew bid farewell to the Expedition 16 crew before the 
hatches closed at 3:03 p.m. EST Sunday between Discovery and the 
station. Attention now turns to Discovery’s undocking from the station a 
little after 5:30 a.m. Monday.

STS-120 arrived at the station Oct. 25, delivering the Harmony Node 2 
module to the station. The crew installed Harmony Oct. 26 and conducted 
four spacewalks during its stay at the station. During the third 
spacewalk, the crew installed the P6 truss and solar array pair in its 
permanent location outboard of the port truss. The fourth spacewalk was 
changed during the mission so that the crew could repair a torn solar 
array on the P6 truss. Following the successful repair work, the crew 
was able to fully deploy the solar array.

Discovery also delivered a new station crew member, Flight Engineer 
Daniel Tani. He replaced astronaut Clayton Anderson. Anderson arrived at 
the station in June with STS-117.

Before Discovery begins the journey home, Pilot George Zamka will 
perform a fly-around to allow crew members to collect video and imagery 
of the station in its new configuration.

Discovery is scheduled to land at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., a little 
after 1:00 p.m. Wednesday.

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