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IMAGE: STS-97 Crew Patch
Mission Highlights
Mission:International Space Station Flight 4A
Shuttle:Endeavour
Launch
Pad:
39B
Launch: Nov. 30, 2000
9:06 p.m. CST
Window:less than 5 minutes
Docking:Dec. 2, 2000
2 p.m. CST
EVA: 3 space walks
Undocking:Dec. 9, 2000
1:13 p.m. CST
Landing: Dec. 11, 2000
5:03 p.m. CST
Duration: 10 days, 19 hours, 57 minutes
Orbit
Altitude:
177 nautical
miles
Orbit
Inclination:
51.6

Miles
Traveled:

4.476 million
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Imagery
IMAGE: STS-97 Commander Brent Jett, left, and Expedition One Commander Bill Shepherd ring the ISS bell.
From the Gallery: STS-97 Commander Brent Jett, left, and Expedition One Commander Bill Shepherd participate in an old Navy tradition of ringing a bell to announce the arrival or departure of someone to a ship. The bell is mounted on the wall in the Unity node of the International Space Station.

STS-97 Delivers Giant Solar Arrays to International Space Station
During its 11-day mission, the crew of Space Shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-97 saw the International Space Station spread its wings -- giant solar arrays that quintupled the station's electrical power.

The 73-meter (240-foot) long solar array structure -- attached and unfolded by Endeavour's international crew of five -- is the longest human-made object ever to fly in space. Endeavour carried aloft the U.S.-developed solar arrays, associated electronics, batteries, cooling radiator and support structure. The entire 15.4-metric ton (17-ton) package is called the P6 Integrated Truss Segment, and is the heaviest and largest element yet delivered to the station aboard a space shuttle.

The addition of the huge solar arrays clearly distinguishes the International Space Station from any predecessor spacecraft. The arrays provide the station with more electrical power -- a key to successful modern research -- than anything that has flown before. Endeavour also was the first space shuttle to visit an inhabited International Space Station.


IMAGE: Mission Specialist Carlos Noriega during space walk
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IMAGE: Two views of the International Space Station show the addition of the solar arrays.
Before and after: The photo on the left shows the space station as it appeared to the Endeavour crewmembers when they docked. The photo on the right shows how it looked one week later, with the addition of two large solar arrays.

P6 Integrated Truss Structure
Installed on station:Dec. 3, 2000
Wingspan:73 meters (240 feet) x 11.6 meters (38 feet)
Weight:approximately 7,700 kilograms (17,000 pounds)
Functions:Conversion or generation of electrical power
Storage of electrical power in batteries
Regulation of electrical power
Distribution of electrical power to station elements
The station derives its power from the conversion of solar energy into electrical power. The Photovoltaic Power Module performs this energy conversion.

Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 12/10/2003
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