STS-115 -- Mission to the ISS
The crew of space shuttle mission STS-115 has completed their flight. The commander of the mission was Brent Jett. Chris Ferguson was the pilot. The mission specialists were Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Joe Tanner, Dan Burbank and Steve MacLean.
Before going into space, the crew of STS-115 designed a mission patch. The mission patch shows what their mission was about. The names of the astronauts are around the edge of the patch. It also has a large, blue solar panel behind a shuttle. During this mission, the shuttle took a solar panel to the International Space Station. The shuttle mission number 115 is at the bottom of the patch. The number 12A is also at the bottom. This number shows that this was the 12th mission to the station.
During training for the mission, mission specialist Joe Tanner learned the safe way to fall into the water. He needed to know this in case the shuttle had to make an emergency landing in water. He practiced in a huge pool where astronauts train to go into space. This pool is located at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab, or NBL, at Johnson Space Center.
Commander Brent Jett learned how to use the crew escape slide.
Pilot Christopher Ferguson floated in a small life raft. He also trained in the pool at the NBL.
Mission specialist Dan Burbank trained underwater for a spacewalk. During this training, he wore an Extravehicular Mobility Unit suit. This suit is like the one he wore when he went on a spacewalk. He practiced in the giant pool at the NBL.
Mission specialists Steve MacLean and Joe Tanner looked at equipment during their STS-115 training. Learning about the equipment helped them prepare for their mission.
Mission specialist Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper took part in a solar panel training session in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at Johnson Space Center. She helped attach the solar panels to the space station during the mission.
All of this training helped the STS-115 crew complete a successful mission.
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