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S115E06051 - STS-115 - Second set of solar arrays on the ISS during Expedition 13 / STS-115 Joint Operations

S115E06051 - STS-115 - Second set of solar arrays on the ISS during Expedition 13 / STS-115 Joint Operations

 
 
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Description: View of the second set of solar arrays for the International Space Station (ISS). The solar arrays span a total of 240 feet and have a width of 38 feet. They are attached to the station's newest component, the P3/P4 integrated truss segment during STS-115 Extravehicular Activity (EVA).

Subject Terms: STS-115, Expedition Thirteen, Extravehicular Activity, Solar Arrays, Trusses, P3, P4

Date Taken: 9/14/2006

Categories: Station Configuration

Interior_Exterior: Exterior

Ground_Orbit: On-orbit

Original: Digital Still

Preservation File Format: TIFF
STS-115

The International Space Station (ISS) is a habitable space station in low Earth orbit with an altitude of between 330 and 435 km (205 and 270 mi). It completes 15.54 orbits per day. Its first component launched into orbit in 1998, and the ISS is now the largest man-made body in low Earth orbit. The ISS consists of many pressurized modules, external trusses, solar arrays, and other components. ISS components have been launched by Russian Proton and Soyuz rockets, and American Space Shuttles. The ISS is a space research laboratory, the testing ground for technologies and systems required for missions to the Moon and Mars. The station has been continuously occupied for 16 years and 201 days since the arrival of Expedition 1 on 2 November 2000. This is the longest continuous human presence in low Earth orbit, having surpassed the previous record of 9 years and 357 days held by Mir. The station is serviced by a variety of visiting spacecraft: the Russian Soyuz and Progress, the American Dragon and Cygnus, the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle, and formerly the Space Shuttle and the European Automated Transfer Vehicle. It has been visited by astronauts, cosmonauts and space tourists from 17 different nations.

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2006
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The U.S. National Archives
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