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STS-116 Nears End of Busy Stay at Station


STS-116 Nears End of Busy Stay at Station

ISS014-E-08936 --- Full moon Image above: This view of a full moon was 
photographed by an Expedition 14 crewmember onboard the International 
Space Station. Earth's horizon and airglow is visible at left. Image 
credit: NASA

The STS-116 crewís stay at the International Space Station is winding 
down. Space Shuttle Discovery and its crew are slated to leave Tuesday 
to conclude an eight-day stay in which STS-116 added a new truss segment 
to the station, delivered a new crew member and rewired the orbital 
outpostís power system.

Discovery is scheduled to undock from the station at 5:09 p.m. EST Tuesday.

The STS-116 crew conducted three spacewalks to install the P5 integrated 
truss segment and rewire the stationís power system. The P5 spacer 
segmentís attachment to the P4 sets the stage for the relocation of the 
P6 and its set of solar arrays. The rewiring activities put the 
stationís power system in a permanent setup. A fourth spacewalk was 
conducted to assist in the retraction of the troublesome port solar 
array on the P6.

The P5ís installation is not the only change that the station has 
undergone since Space Shuttle Discovery docked last week. Sunita 
Williams, who arrived at the station with the STS-116 mission, replaced 
European Space Agency Astronaut Thomas Reiter on the Expedition 14 crew 
at midnight Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Williams will remain a member of Expedition 14 until Commander Michael 
Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin are relieved by 
Expedition 15 in March 2007. Williams will finish her remaining time of 
her six-month tour of duty on the station as a member of Expedition 15. 
Reiter will return to Earth with STS-116.

Also, the STS-116 and Expedition 14 crews have worked together to 
transfer 4,292 pounds of supplies and equipment delivered to the station 
by Discovery. The two crews have also transferred 3,725 pounds of cargo 
that will return to Earth with STS-116.

For the latest news and information on STS-116, visit the main shuttle 
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