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Shuttle Atlantis Docks With International Space Station For the Last Time 91

Posted by timothy
from the since-we-were-in-the-neighborhood dept.
The BBC reports, with video, that the shuttle Atlantis "has docked with the International Space Station for the final time. The shuttle has brought a year's supply of food and around two tonnes of other supplies and spare parts to the ISS," where the shuttle will remain docked for at least seven days.
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Shuttle Atlantis Docks With International Space Station For the Last Time

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  • Re:so... (Score:4, Informative)

    by ModernGeek (601932) on Sunday July 10, 2011 @02:08PM (#36713288) Homepage
    Look up European ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle)
  • Re:so... (Score:3, Informative)

    by Zorpheus (857617) on Sunday July 10, 2011 @02:09PM (#36713296)
    There is a nice list on [a href=]Wikipedia[/a].
    It is not only the Russian Progress and the European ATV, but the Japanese HTV, the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft and something called Cygnus. Payloads are 7t for ATV, 6t for HTV, 6t for Dragon, 2.6t for Progress, 2.7t for Cygnus.
  • Re:Here's an idea... (Score:5, Informative)

    by camperdave (969942) on Monday July 11, 2011 @12:48AM (#36717406) Journal
    A shuttle is not just something that you can park in space. Certain elements need to be kept warm. Others need to be kept pressurized. That means the shuttle must be kept running. The shuttle gets its power from fuel cells which "burn" hydrogen and oxygen. The standard shuttle (such as Atlantis) can operate for about ten days. Endeavour and Columbia are the only two shuttles equipped with extended duration fuel tanks. There is a system by which the shuttle can be powered from the space station's power, but Atlantis is not equipped with that system.

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