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STS 117



STS 117 is an American shuttle spacecraft that was launched from Cape Canaveral at 23:38 UT on 08 June 2007. It carried seven American astronauts and tonnes of material to the International Space Station (ISS). It docked with the ISS at 19:38 UT on 10 June. The crew made four spacewalks to install two trusses (S3/S4) totalling 16 tonnes, to install two more solar panels on the ISS, and to repair the damaged insulation on the tail section of the shuttle. The trusses will enable installation of Japanese and European modules on the ISS. The new solar panels are reported to be the cause of a break-down of the mission-critical Russian computers which were soon repaired by ground commands. STS 117 undocked from the ISS at 14:42 UT on 19 June. Landing was delayed by an extra day due to bad weather at Cape Canaveral, until it could land on Edwards AFB in California at 19:49 UT on 22 June. The return included six of those seven astronauts plus another astronaut who had been in the ISS for over six months.

Alternate Names

  • 31600
  • STS117

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2007-06-08
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (United States)


  • Resupply/Refurbishment/Repair
  • Human Crew

Additional Information

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

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