hometown, graduated with a bachelor and a master o sciencedegree in mechanical engineering rom MIT. Tani worked as anaerospace engineer and manager, including projects associatedwith NASA, beore being selected to the 1996 astronaut class.Tani will become an Expedition 16 fight engineer on the spacestation and conclude his tour o duty when he returns to Earthwith STS122. Anderson began his rst space fight when STS117 launchedin June and became a station fight engineer two days later.He will return home with STS120. During his stay in space,he conducted three spacewalks. Anderson holds a bachelor’sdegree in physics rom Hastings College and a master o sciencedegree in aerospace engineering rom Iowa Sate University.His NASA career began in 1983. He worked as an engineer invarious organizations beore joining the astronaut corps in 1998. Anderson was born in Omaha, Neb., but considers Ashland,Neb., to be his hometown.
Harmony Connecting Module
Harmony, which is also known as Node 2, is 23.6 eet longand 14.5 eet wide and weighs 31,500 pounds. It was built orNASA by ThalesAlenia Space in Torino, Italy. The module willact as an internal connecting port and passageway to additionalinternational science labs the European Space Agency’sColumbus Research Laboratory and the Japanese ExperimentModule Kibo and cargo spacecrat.Harmony is a utility hub, providing air, electrical power, waterand other systems essential to support lie on the station. It willdistribute resources rom the station’s truss to the Destiny lab,Columbus and Kibo.In addition to increasing the living and working space inside thestation by almost 2,666 cubic eet, its exterior will also serve as awork platorm or the station’s robotic arm, Canadarm2.
Launch and Docking
begins its twoday journey to the space station whenit launches rom Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The crew will spendfight day 2 preparing or its arrival at the station and using theshuttle’s robotic arm and the 50oot long Orbiter Boom SensorSystem to inspect
heat shield.On fight day 3,
will link up to the station. Prior todocking, Melroy will guide the orbiter through a backfipmaneuver about 600 eet below the station to allow Expedition16 crew members to take detailed photographs o the undersideportion o
heat shield. The imagery collected rom theground at launch and on fight days 2 and 3 will be analyzed byengineers on Earth. Ater
docks and the hatches open, the two crews willquickly go to work to prepare or the upcoming spacewalks,transer cargo and swap out Tani and Anderson’s specializedseat liners inside the emergency return Soyuz spacecrat. WhenTani’s seatliner is installed, it will mark the start o his tour o dutyon the station.
Spacewalks and Joint Operations
On fight day 4, Parazynski and Wheelock will conduct the rstspacewalk. They will prepare Harmony or its removal rom
payload bay, retrieve an Sband antenna or returnto Earth and disconnect umbilicals between the P6 and Z1 trusselements.Crew members will use the station’s robotic arm to unberthHarmony rom
cargo bay and install it on the portside o the Unity Node 1.The crew will enter Harmony on fight day 5 to begin outttingthe station’s newest pressurized module. Also, the STS120crew will conduct a ocused inspection o
heatshield, i required.Flight day 6 eatures the second STS120 spacewalk andthe detachment o the P6 rom the Z1. The P6, which will begrappled by the station arm, will be placed in an overnightparked position. The spacewalkers will also complete theouttting o Harmony’s exterior.The crew will use the robotic arms on fight day 7 to move theP6 into position or installation during the fight day 8 spacewalkby Parazynski and Wheelock. The spacewalkers will assist therobot arm operators with the P6 attachment to the P5. The P6solar array wings are scheduled to be redeployed ollowing thespacewalk.On fight day 9, the crews will transer cargo and prepare or theourth STS120 spacewalk.Parazynski and Wheelock will perorm a demonstration o spaceshuttle thermal protection system repair techniques during thefight day 10 spacewalk. The primary purpose o the test is toevaluate Shuttle Tile Abalator (STA)54 material and a tile repairablator dispenser or potential use in a microgravity and vacuumenvironment.One day later, Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson andFlight Enginerer Yuri Malenchenko, will conduct the th STS120 spacewalk. They will complete several external stationconguration tasks to prepare or Harmony’s repositioning ater
leaves.The STS120 and Expedition 16 crews will wrap up jointoperations beore the hatches are closed on fight day 12.