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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   In the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, STS-115  Mission Specialists Joe Tanner, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Steve Maclean and Dan Burbank are fit checking sequential shunt unit, electronics control unit  and multiplexer demultiplexer  launch to activation multi-layer installation blankets in a large Orbital Replaceable Unit transfer bag.  They and other crew members are at the center for Crew Equipment Interface Test activities.  Equipment familiarization is a routine part of astronaut training and launch preparations.  The mission will deliver the second port truss segment, the P3/P4 Truss, to attach to the first port truss segment, the P1 Truss, as well as deploy solar array set 2A and 4A.  Launch on Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled for late August.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-06pd1182

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, STS-115 Mission Specialists Joe Tanner, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Steve Maclean and Dan Burbank are fit checking sequential shunt unit, electronics control unit and multiplexer demultiplexer launch to activation multi-layer installation blankets in a large Orbital Replaceable Unit transfer bag. They and other crew members are at the center for Crew Equipment Interface Test activities. Equipment familiarization is a routine part of astronaut training and launch preparations. The mission will deliver the second port truss segment, the P3/P4 Truss, to attach to the first port truss segment, the P1 Truss, as well as deploy solar array set 2A and 4A. Launch on Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled for late August. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-06pd1182

 
 
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, STS-115 Mission Specialists Joe Tanner, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Steve Maclean and Dan Burbank are fit checking sequential shunt unit, electronics control unit and multiplexer demultiplexer launch to activation multi-layer installation blankets in a large Orbital Replaceable Unit transfer bag. They and other crew members are at the center for Crew Equipment Interface Test activities. Equipment familiarization is a routine part of astronaut training and launch preparations. The mission will deliver the second port truss segment, the P3/P4 Truss, to attach to the first port truss segment, the P1 Truss, as well as deploy solar array set 2A and 4A. Launch on Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled for late August. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

The Space Shuttle program was the United States government's manned launch vehicle program from 1981 to 2011, administered by NASA and officially beginning in 1972. The Space Shuttle system—composed of an orbiter launched with two reusable solid rocket boosters and a disposable external fuel tank— carried up to eight astronauts and up to 50,000 lb (23,000 kg) of payload into low Earth orbit (LEO). When its mission was complete, the orbiter would re-enter the Earth's atmosphere and lands as a glider. Although the concept had been explored since the late 1960s, the program formally commenced in 1972 and was the focus of NASA's manned operations after the final Apollo and Skylab flights in the mid-1970s. It started with the launch of the first shuttle Columbia on April 12, 1981, on STS-1. and finished with its last mission, STS-135 flown by Atlantis, in July 2011.

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