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STS-117
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STS-117
STS-117
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Final major step in assembly of the ISS truss and power-generating solar array segments. The S3/S4 Truss and its solar arrays were delivered and installed.

AKA: Atlantis;ISS-13A. Launched: 2007-06-08. Returned: 2007-06-22. Number crew: 6 . Duration: 13.84 days.

Long-term ISS NASA crewmember Clayton Anderson was delivered to the station, Sunita Williams was returned to earth.

The flight delayed and revised after the Columbia disaster. STS-117 was to have originally flown ISS Assembly mission ISS-13A on 2 October 2003 with the crew of Sturckow, Polansky, Reilly, Mastracchio, Higginbotham, and Forrester. It would have delivered the second right-side truss segment (ITS S3/S4) and a solar array set and batteries. The crew would have attached the S3/S4 Truss to the first starboard truss, the S1, along with the third set of solar arrays. They then would have delivered four external attachment sites for truss-mounted exterior experiments and research; activated and checked out the S4 Truss Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ); deployed the channel 1A and 3A solar arrays; reconfigured the station power supply; and retracted the P6 Truss Channel 2B (starboard) solar array. As flown, Mastracchio was moved to STS-118, Polansky and Higginbotham were moved to STS-116 and replaced by Archambault and Olivas..


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Family: Manned spaceflight. People: Archambault, Forrester, Olivas, Reilly, Sturckow, Swanson. Country: USA. Spacecraft: Atlantis. Launch Sites: Cape Canaveral. Agency: NASA.

2007 June 6 - .
2007 June 8 - .
2007 June 8 - . 23:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-117 - . Call Sign: Atlantis. Crew: Anderson, Clayton, Archambault, Forrester, Olivas, Reilly, Sturckow, Swanson. Return Crew: Archambault, Forrester, Olivas, Reilly, Sturckow, Swanson, Williams. Payload: Atlantis F28 / S3, S4. Mass: 122,685 kg (270,474 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Anderson, Clayton, Archambault, Forrester, Olivas, Reilly, Sturckow, Swanson, Williams. Agency: NASA. Manufacturer: Boeing. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15, STS-117 ISS EO-15. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Atlantis. Duration: 13.84 days. Decay Date: 2007-06-22 . USAF Sat Cat: 31600 . COSPAR: 2007-024A. Apogee: 341 km (211 mi). Perigee: 330 km (200 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.20 min.

    The shuttle delivered the S3 and S4 truss segments to the starboard side of the International Space Station. The crew made three spacewalks to install these truss segments, conduct other station reconfiguration and installation work, deploy the solar arrays and prepare them for operation. A fourth spacewalk was added to repair loose re-entry insulation on the shuttle and get-ahead installation work on the outside of the station. The shuttle delivered NASA long-term ISS crew member Clayton Anderson to the station; and returned Suni Williams to earth. At the conclusion of this mission the station finally achieved its full-power, dual-boom configuration first conceived for Space Station Freedom in the 1980's.


2007 June 9 - .
  • STS-117 - Wakeup Song: Big Boy Toys - . Flight: STS-117. "Big Boy Toys" by Aaron Tippin, sounded on board the orbiter at 9:10 a.m. CDT, played for Commander Rick Sturckow..

2007 June 9 - .
2007 June 9 - .
2007 June 10 - .
  • STS-117 - Wakeup Song: Riding the Sky - . Flight: STS-117. "Riding the Sky" ” written and performed by Johnson Space Center employees David Kelldorf and Brad Loveall for Mission Specialist Clayton Anderson in honor of his move to the space station..

2007 June 10 - .
2007 June 10 - .
2007 June 11 - .
  • STS-117 - Wakeup Song: It Probably Always Will - . Flight: STS-117. "It Probably Always Will" by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, played for Mission Specialist Steven Swanson..

2007 June 11 - .
2007 June 11 - .
2007 June 12 - .
  • STS-117 - Wakeup Song: What a Wonderful World - . Flight: STS-117. "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong, played for Mission Specialist Danny Olivas..

2007 June 12 - .
2007 June 12 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #09 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Forrester, Swanson. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15. The International Space Station today spread its wings again with the activation of a new pair of solar arrays that will generate enough power to supply about eight homes.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 12 - . 20:02 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-117-1 - . Crew: Olivas, Reilly. EVA Duration: 0.26 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Olivas, Reilly. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15.

    The crew connected power, data and cooling cables between the S1 and S3 trusses; deployed the four solar array blanket boxes on S4; released the photovoltaic radiator on S4; rotated the keel pin on S3; modified the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint; and removed SARJ launch locks.


2007 June 13 - .
  • STS-117 - Wakeup Song: Questions 67 and 68 - . Flight: STS-117. "Questions 67 and 68" by Chicago, played for Pilot Lee Archambault..

2007 June 13 - .
2007 June 13 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #11 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Forrester, Olivas, Swanson. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15. Just a few launch restraint bolts stand between the International Space Station’s new solar arrays and rotation, following a seven hour and 16 minute spacewalk by Mission Specialists Patrick Forrester and Steve Swanson.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 14 - .
  • STS-117 - Wakeup Song: Indescribable - . Flight: STS-117. "Indescribable" by Chris Tomlin for Mission Specialist Patrick Forrester..

2007 June 14 - .
2007 June 14 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #13 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Archambault, Olivas, Reilly, Sturckow, Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15.

    The space shuttle Atlantis and International Space Station crews inside the station today partially retracted a solar array and prepared for the third spacewalk that will focus on repair of a damaged thermal blanket on the shuttle and assisting “on the scene” with additional retraction of the array. Additional Details: here....


2007 June 14 - . 18:28 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-117-2 - . Crew: Forrester, Swanson. EVA Duration: 0.30 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Forrester, Swanson. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15.

    The crew removed all of the launch locks on the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint in place. The spacewalkers had planned to remove the joint’s launch restraints as well, but problems with the wiring of a drive-lock assembly installed on the previous spacewalk led to that task being deferred to the next EVA.


2007 June 15 - .
  • STS-117 - Wakeup Song: Radar Love - . Flight: STS-117. "Radar Love" by Golden Earring, played for Mission Specialist Steve Swanson..

2007 June 15 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #15 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Forrester, Kotov, Olivas, Reilly, Swanson, Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15.

    The situation aboard space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station improved greatly today following repair of a protruding thermal blanket, restoring power to problematic Russian navigation computers, and completing retraction of a finicky solar array. Additional Details: here....


2007 June 15 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #14 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Olivas, Reilly, Swanson. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15. Astronauts on space shuttle Atlantis are only hours from the week’s third spacewalk out of the International Space Station, a 6½-hour excursion to repair a thermal blanket on the orbiter and assist in folding up a solar array on the station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 16 - .
  • STS-117 - Wakeup Song: Danny - . Flight: STS-117. "Danny" Olivas at 7:38 a.m. CDT..

2007 June 16 - .
2007 June 16 - .
2007 June 16 - . 17:24 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-117-3 - . Crew: Olivas, Reilly. EVA Duration: 0.33 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Olivas, Reilly. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15.

    Olivas spent the first two hours stapling down loose re-entry thermal insulation on Atlantis’ orbital maneuvering system pod. Reilly meanwhile installed the hydrogen vent valve of a new oxygen generation system on the Destiny laboratory. They then worked together on the wearisome task of folding an old solar array on the station in preparation for its move to another location on the station later in the year.


2007 June 17 - .
  • STS-117 - Wakeup Song: Band of Brothers - . Flight: STS-117. "Band of Brothers" ” played for Mission Specialist Jim Reilly..

2007 June 17 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #18 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Forrester, Kotov, Reilly, Swanson. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15. For the fourth time in less than a week, the astronauts on Space Shuttle Atlantis are about to venture outside their spacecraft to press ahead with assembly of the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 17 - .
2007 June 17 - . 16:25 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-117-4 - . Crew: Forrester, Swanson. EVA Duration: 0.26 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Forrester, Swanson. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15.

    The crew moved a video camera from the Quest module to the S3 truss. They verified the connections on the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint and removed its launch restraints. They then removed hardware along the S3 truss, clearing it for use by the tracked Mobile Base System. They then installed a computer network cable on the Unity node; opened the hydrogen vent valve on the Destiny laboratory installed on the previous EVA; and tethered two orbital debris shield panels on the station’s service module.


2007 June 18 - .
  • STS-117 - Wakeup Song: Redeemer - . Flight: STS-117. "Redeemer" by Nicole C. Mullen, played for Mission Specialist Patrick Forrester..

2007 June 18 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #20 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Forrester. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15. The astronauts on space shuttle Atlantis got up this morning looking ahead to time off duty and awaiting word on when they’ll undock from the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 18 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #21 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15. Crews aboard the space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station bid farewell to one another and closed the hatches between their spacecraft at 5:51 p.m. today in preparation for the shuttle’s departure Tuesday morning at 9:42 a.m.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 19 - .
  • STS-117 - Wakeup Song: Feelin’ Stronger Every Day - . Flight: STS-117. "Feelin’ Stronger Every Day" by Chicago, played for Pilot Lee Archambault..

2007 June 19 - .
2007 June 19 - .
2007 June 20 - .
  • STS-117 - Wakeup Song: If I Had $1000000 - . Flight: STS-117. "If I Had $1000000" by Barenaked Ladies, played for Mission Specialist Suni Williams..

2007 June 20 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #25 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Archambault, Olivas, Sturckow, Swanson. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15. Space shuttle Atlantis’ astronauts spent – weather permitting – their last full day on orbit today getting their ship ready to return home tomorrow with two landing opportunities available at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center at 12:55 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 20 - .
2007 June 21 - .
  • STS-117 - Wakeup Song: Makin’ Good Time Coming Home - . Flight: STS-117. "Makin’ Good Time Coming Home" by John Arthur Martinez, was played for Commander Rick Sturckow and Mission Specialist Jim Reilly..

2007 June 21 - .
2007 June 21 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #28 - . Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15. The exact times of Friday landing opportunities for the Space Shuttle Atlantis and its crew changed slightly following a brief engine firing that adjusted the spacecraft’s orbit.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 21 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #26 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Sturckow, Williams, Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15. The astronauts on space shuttle Atlantis are just hours away from an anticipated landing in Florida to conclude a nearly 13-day mission to deliver new electrical generation capacity for expansion of the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 22 - .
  • STS-117 - Wakeup Song: Marine Corps Hymn - . Flight: STS-117. "Marine Corps Hymn" ” was played for the mission commander, Col. Rick Sturckow, USMC..

2007 June 22 - .
2007 June 22 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #29 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Sturckow, Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15. The astronauts on space shuttle Atlantis are getting ready for a second day of landing attempts with a chance to conclude the mission, in Florida or California.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 22 - . 19:50 GMT - .

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