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Station And Shuttle Crews Close Hatches And Prep For Undocking Tuesday

The STS-117 and Expedition 15 crewmembers gather for a group portrait during a joint crew press conference in the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station while Space Shuttle Atlantis was docked with the station. Image credit: NASA
by Staff Writers
Houston TX (SPX) Jun 19, 2007
The STS-117 crew bid farewell today to the Expedition 15 crew before the hatches closed at 6:51 p.m. EDT between Space Shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station. Attention now turns to Atlantis'' undocking from the station 10:42 a.m. Tuesday. The STS-117 crew members are wrapping up a stay in which they continued the on-orbit 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 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.

Before Atlantis begins the journey home, Commander Rick Sturckow and Pilot Archambault will perform a fly-around to allow crew member collect video and imagery of the station and its newly expanded solar wings.

Atlantis is scheduled to land at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., at 1:54 EDT Thursday.

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STS-117 Shuttle Crew Conduct Fourth And Final Spacewalk About Space Station
Washington (AFP) Jun 18, 2007
US astronauts Sunday staged their fourth and final spacewalk of the Atlantis mission after repairing the shuttle for its trip home and adding to a string of space records. During their six-hour spacewalk, mission specialists Patrick Forrester and Steven Swanson were adding segments to the International Space Station (ISS) and activating a power generator that tracks the Sun, NASA said.







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