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STS-116 to Leave Space Station Today

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Tue Dec 19, 2006 7:31 pm
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Space Shuttle Discovery and the STS-116 crew will bid farewell to the International Space Station’s Expedition 14 crew today and begin the journey back to Earth.

The hatches between the station and Space Shuttle Discovery are scheduled to close at 1:57 p.m. EST. Discovery’s undocking is set for 5:09 p.m.

During STS-116’s stay, the crew continued the on-orbit construction of the station with the addition of the P5 spacer truss segment during the first of four spacewalks. The next two spacewalks were devoted to the rewiring of the station’s power system, leaving it in a permanent setup. A fourth spacewalk was added to allow the crew to retract solar arrays that had folded improperly.

Discovery also delivered a new crew member and more than two tons of equipment and supplies to the station. Almost two tons of items no longer needed on the station will return to Earth with STS-116.

Discovery is scheduled to land at 3:56 p.m. Friday at the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

For the latest news and information on the International Space Station and the Expedition 14 crew, please visit the main station page. + Read more

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