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Overview

    Mission: Space Station Assembly Building - 13A
    Primary Payload: S3/S4 Truss
    Space Shuttle: Atlantis
    Launch Pad: 39A
    Launched: June 8, 2007 - 7:38:04 p.m. EDT
    Landed: June 22, 2007 - 3:49 p.m. EDT
    Mission Duration: 13 days, 20 hours, 12 minutes and 44 seconds
    Inclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

    STS-117: Building on Experience
    Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off on mission STS-117 after a perfect countdown June 8, 2007, marking the first launch from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in more than four years.

    Space Shuttle Atlantis lifts off on mission STS-117 During the 14-day mission, the astronauts conducted a total of four spacewalks to install and activate the S3/S4 truss segment, retract the P6 solar array and repair an out-of-position thermal blanket on the left orbital maneuvering system pod.

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    The crew spent an extra day in space after the first two landing attempts on June 21 were foiled by Florida's stormy weather over Kennedy Space Center.

    Image above: In a blaze of billowing smoke, Atlantis soars into a dusky Florida sky on a mission to expand the capabilities of the space station. Photo credit: NASA/Ken Thornsley. Image below: Atlantis touched down on a bright, sunny day on the desert runway at Edwards Air Force Base. Photo credit NASA/Tom Tschida

    Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Edwards Air Force Base concluding mission STS-117 Atlantis made a safe and smooth landing on Runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base in California on June 22.

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    Mission Specialist Clayton Anderson replaced Sunita Williams as space station flight engineer. She returned to Earth on Atlantis' flight home.

    Although this was her first time in space, Williams not only broke the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman, she also became the record-holder for most hours outside a spacecraft by a female, completing four spacewalks during Expedition 14.

    After a 5.8 million mile expedition, Atlantis made the final leg of its journey back to Kennedy piggy-backed on top of NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, one of two modified 747 jetliners on the ferry-flight from Edwards.

    Atlantis returns to Kennedy atop NASA's shuttle carrier aircraft
    Image left: Atlantis lands at Kennedy after a three-day journey from Edwards Air Force Base in California. Photo credit: NASA/Ken Thornsley

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    The carrier aircraft gently touched down at Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility at 8:27 a.m. EDT, July 3, 2007 successfully concluding mission STS-117.

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