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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS003 (2007)

ARLS003 It's KD5PLA in for KD5PLB on ISS

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Space Bulletin 003  ARLS003
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  June 4, 2007
To all radio amateurs

ARLS003 It's KD5PLA in for KD5PLB on ISS

NASA has given the go-ahead for the launch of the space shuttle
Atlantis Friday, June 8. The STS-117 mission will carry US astronaut
Clay Anderson, KD5PLA, to the International Space Station to succeed
Suni Williams, KD5PLB, as ISS Expedition 15 Flight Engineer.

Anderson will join Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, RN3FI,
and Flight Engineer Dr Oleg Kotov. Williams will return to Earth
aboard the Atlantis.  She arrived on the ISS last December and has
been among the most active ISS crew members on Amateur Radio.

NASA originally planned the astro-swap for the STS-118 shuttle
mission, now targeted for an August launch. Atlantis Commander Rick
Sturckow and his six crewmates will spend 11 days in space and take
part in three spacewalks.

Work planned for this mission will increase the ISS's power
capability in preparation for the arrival of new science modules
from the European and Japanese space agencies.

Joining Sturckow and Anderson on STS-117 will be pilot Lee
Archambault and mission specialists Patrick Forrester, Steven
Swanson, John "Danny" Olivas and Jim Reilly.