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Nasa Facts STS-112

Nasa Facts STS-112

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KSC FORM 2-203NS (REV. 11/92)
National Aeronautics andSpace Administration
John F. Kennedy Space Center 
Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32899
September 2002KSC Release No. 83-02
ISS to Receive First Starboard Truss Segment and CETA Cart
The International Space Station (ISS) will receive anew truss segment, additional assembly componentsand radiators and new science experiments duringMission STS-112, the 15th ISS assembly mission.It is the 26th flight of Atlantis and is the 111th SpaceShuttle flight to date. The six-member crew, along withseveral Station components and science experiments, will ride to the Station aboard Atlantis.Primary payloads on Mission STS-112 include theS1 Integrated Truss Segment (ITS) and a Crew Equipment Translation Aid (CETA) cart.During Mission STS-112, mission specialists willuse the Station’s robotic arm to transfer the S1 Trussfrom Atlantis’ payload bay and attach it to the starboardside of the S0 Truss on the Station. The S1 Truss is a45-foot-long, 15-foot-wide and 10-foot-tall, half hexagonal-shaped aluminum structure that weighsapproximately 31,000 pounds. The truss is the nextmajor addition to the Station’s backbone that willeventually span more than 300 feet to carry power,data and environmental services for the orbiting outpost.When complete, the ends of the truss structure willalso house the Station’s solar arrays.The primary function of the S1 Truss is to providethe first of two External Active Thermal Control System(EATCS) loops for the ISS. The S1 EATCS loop allowsthe flow of approximately 637 pounds of anhydrousammonia through three heat rejection system radiatorsthat will constantly rotate to optimize cooling to theStation.The radiators are mounted to a rotating structureon the S1 Truss that is controlled by the ThermalRadiator Rotary Joint motors. The thermal controlsystem will be activated on a future ISS mission.The S1 Truss will also house communicationssystems, attachment points for external experimentsand other subsystems.Mission specialists will perform three spacewalksto attach the CETA cart to the Mobile Transporter already installed on the S0 Truss and configure other equipment on the S1 Truss for on-orbit operations. TheCETA cart will provide crew members access alongthe Mobile Transporter rails for future extravehicular activities. Mission specialists will reposition andactivate an S-band antenna, a video camera stanchionand a light stanchion also installed on the ITS. All threespacewalks will be conducted from the Station’s Joint Airlock Quest.The S1 Truss also will serve as a mounting platformfor the S3 and S4 Truss Segments that will be deliveredto the Station on future missions.Mission STS-112 will carry several scienceexperiments to the Expedition 5 crew on the Station.These include the Plant Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus (PGBA), Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus (CGBA), the Protein Crystal Growth Single-locker Thermal Enclosure System housing the ProteinCrystallization Apparatus for Microgravity (PCG-STES-PCAM) and samples for the Zeolite Crystal GrowthFurnace (ZCG) experiment.The PGBA experiment will ride to the Station on themiddeck of Atlantis. The experiment, once transferredto the Station, involves the germination of plant seedsat various time intervals during the mission period inspace. Mission specialists on the Station will monitor 

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