STS-115 Mission Journal  

STS-115 Mission Overview

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The Atlantis Astronauts, (L-R): Stefanyshyn-Piper, Ferguson, Tanner, Burbank, Jett, MacLean. Image courtesy of NASA.
SHUTTLE UPDATE: Atlantis Lands at KSC
NASA image of the STS-115 mission patch.
LEFT: Official NASA STS-115 crew portrait. (L-R): Stefanyshyn-Piper, Ferguson, Tanner, Burbank, Jett, MacLean.
RIGHT: STS-115 Mission Patch. 

Latest Mission News

STS-115 Updated Flight Facts

Mission:   International Space Station Assembly Mission 12A
Orbiter: Atlantis (OV-104)
Primary Payload: ISS P3/P4 Truss
Crew: 6 (5 US, 1 Canadian)
Launch Date: Saturday, 9 Sep 2006
Launch Time: 11:14AM EDT (1514 GMT)
Launch Window: 10 minutes
Launch Facility: Kennedy Space Center, Pad 39B
Docking: 11 Sep 2006, 6:46AM EDT (1046 GMT)
EVAs: 3 Spacewalks
Undocking: 17 Sep 2006, 8:50AM EDT (1250 GMT)
Landing: 21 Sep 2006, 6:21AM EDT (1021 GMT)
Landing Facility: Kennedy Space Center Runway 33
Orbital Insertion Altitude: 122 nautical miles (226 kilometers)
Orbit Inclination: 51.60°
Orbit Period: 91.6 minutes (Rev 186 Deorbit)
Duration: 11 Days, 19 Hours, 7 Minutes
Flight stats: 116th Shuttle flight (27th for Atlantis)

Mission info from NASA, CSA, and Spaceflight Now! websites

STS-115: The Crew and Mission Ahead
The STS-115 crew members pause for a photo on Launch Pad 39B. From left are Mission Commander Brent Jett, Pilot Chris Ferguson, and Mission Specialists Daniel Burbank, Steven MacLean, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Joseph Tanner. NASA PHOTO NO: KSC-06PD-1781The STS-115 crew consists of Commander Brent W. Jett Jr., Pilot Christopher J. Ferguson and Mission Specialists Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper, Joseph R. Tanner, Daniel C. Burbank and Steven G. MacLean, who represents the Canadian Space Agency.
+ Learn more about the crew

With this mission, NASA is ready to get back to building the International Space Station, marking the first time in almost four years that a space station component has been added to the orbiting outpost. That also means the shuttle program is coming up on some of the most challenging space missions ever.
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During their three spacewalks, crew members of Atlantis will install the P3/P4 integrated truss and a second set of solar arrays on the space station, doubling the station’s current ability to generate power from sunlight and adding 17.5 tons to its mass.
+ Learn more about the truss

Media Resources
+ Press Kit (PDF 3.2 Mb)
+ STS-115 Fact Sheet (122 Kb PDF)
+ STS-115 TV Schedule
+ Aug. 25 Lightning Photos
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