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Atlantis, STS-115 Crew Return to Earth


Atlantis, STS-115 Crew Return to Earth

Space Shuttle Atlantis glided to a landing this morning at Kennedy Space 
Center, Fla., concluding a successful mission to resume construction of 
the International Space Station. Atlantis and the six-member STS-115 
crew spent nearly 12 days in space.

Touchdown occurred at 6:21 a.m. EDT at the Shuttle Landing Facility. It 
was the 21st night landing for a space shuttle and the 15th night 
landing at the Florida spaceport.

Atlantis launched Sept. 9 and arrived at the station on the 11th. The 
crew delivered the P3/P4 integrated truss segment to the station and 
conducted three successful spacewalks primarily devoted to preparing the 
truss and its solar arrays for operation. The 17.5-ton truss will 
provide power and data services for the station. The solar arrays, which 
were unfurled on Sept. 14, span 240 feet and will double the stationís 
power generation capability once they become operational.

STS-115 was the 116th shuttle flight and the 19th mission to visit the 
space station. Atlantis has now flown 27 times and made six trips to the 

Post-Landing News Conferences Scheduled
At no earlier than 8:30 a.m. NASA TV will carry live a post-landing news 
conference with Administrator Michael Griffin, Deputy Associate 
Administrator for Space Operations Lynn Cline, NASA Launch Director Mike 
Leinbach and Launch Integration Manager LeRoy Cain.

Later, at no earlier than 11:30 a.m. the STS-115 crew will hold a news 
conference to discuss the mission.
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