Saturday, January 31, 2009

About Space Shuttle Mission- STS-119.........

Photo: STS119 Mission Specialists Mr John Phillips, Koichi Wakata & Richard Arnold, they participate in a training session seated on the middeck in one of the full-scale trainers @ Johnson Space Center's (JSC) Vehicle Mock-up Facility. Photo COURTESY: NASA//JSC

The Space shuttle Discovery's STS119 crew is ready to fly the S6 truss segment & install the final set of power generating solar arrays to the (ISS) International Space Station.

The S-6 truss, with its set of large U.S. solar arrays, would complete the backbone of the station & provide one fourth of the total power needed to support a crew of 6.

The 2 solar array wings each have 115foot long long arrays, for a total wing span of 240feet. They would generate sixty six kilowatts of electricity: enough to provide about thirty 2,800-square-foot homes with power.

Commander Lee Archambault would lead Discovery's crew of seven, along with the Pilot Tony Antonelli & Mission Specialists Joseph Acaba,John Phillips,Steve Swanson, Richard Arnold & Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata.

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