Station Spreads New Wings; Crew to Prep for Spacewalk
The International Space Station spread its new set of wings today, and now the STS-117 crew members can turn their attention to the mission's next spacewalk.
The solar arrays on the newly installed Starboard 3 and 4 (S3/S4) truss segment deployed to their full length with the assistance of the STS-117 crew. The S3/S4 was installed onto the station Monday before the start of STS-117's first spacewalk, during which STS-117 astronauts began activating the truss. The arrays will increase the station's ability to generate power when they go online.