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Spacewalk Set for Afternoon



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

*Crews to Add Truss to Station; Spacewalk Set for Afternoon*

Robotic arm moves trussImage above: This view shows the new truss 
segment being maneuvered
by the space station robotic arm. Image credit: NASA TV
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TO:http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html


+ View Launch Day Photo Gallery 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts117/multimedia/launch/launch.html>
+ View Launch Day Video Gallery 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts117/launch/launch_allvideos.html> 


The STS-117 and Expedition 15 crew members will put on their 
construction hats today to continue the assembly of the International 
Space Station. They will use the station’s robotic arm and conduct a 
spacewalk to attach and activate a new truss segment.

Robot arm operators will begin moving the Starboard 3 and 4 (S3/S4) 
truss segment into position shortly after 11 a.m. EDT for attachment 
onto the end of the station’s Starboard 1 segment. Four bolts will be 
commanded to secure the new truss.

Later in the day, STS-117 spacewalkers Jim Reilly and John “Danny” 
Olivas will go to work outside of the space station to begin activation 
of the S3/S4. The spacewalk, which is the first of three scheduled for 
STS-117, will start at 2:53 p.m. and last 6.5 hours.

The spacewalking duo will make power, data and cooling connections 
between the station and the S3/S4, which contains a new set of solar 
arrays. Reilly and Olivas will also release locks and launch restraints 
on the segment’s solar arrays and rotary joint.

*STS-117 Mission*
+ The Crew 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts117/index.html> 

+ The Mission 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts117/mission_overview.html> 

+ The Integrated Truss Structure 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/structure/elements/its.html>
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