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STS 116



STS 116 is an American (NASA) shuttle spacecraft that was launched from Cape Canaveral at 01:47 UT on 10 December 2006. It carried a crew of seven (five Americans and two Europeans) to the International Space Station (ISS) to do some major repairs and installations. It docked with the ISS on 11 December. The crew disconnected the power lines leading to what has been a temporary source (since 1998) and connected them to the recently installed solar panels. The crew overcame problems in rolling back the older panels after three spacewalks, totaling several hours. They also made a spacewalk to install a two-tonne truss (P5) to enable additions to the station. The 13-day mission ended when the shuttle landed back in Cape Canaveral at 22:32 UT on 22 December. One of the seven members of the crew stayed on the ISS, replacing another astronaut who had stayed there for six months.

Alternate Names

  • 29647
  • STS116

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2006-12-10
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

Funding Agency

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)


  • Human Crew

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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