The space shuttle Atlantis and International Space Station crews
spent time Saturday transferring supplies and equipment into the
European Space Agency’s (ESA) Columbus laboratory.
Saturday morning, the station got a reboost, a routine procedure
to adjust its orbit. The purpose of the reboost was to place the
orbital outpost in better position to receive future visitors,
including the Expedition 17 crew, who are slated to arrive in
Also, the STS-122 and Expedition 16 crews had some free time
after several busy days.
In addition to delivering the Columbus laboratory to the orbital
outpost, Atlantis’ astronauts performed three spacewalks to
prepare the module for its scientific work and replaced an expended
nitrogen tank on the station. Atlantis also transported ESA
astronaut Leopold Eyharts to the station to take the place of
Daniel Tani as Expedition 16 flight engineer. Tani is returning to
Earth aboard the shuttle.
Atlantis and the STS-122 crew are scheduled to leave the space
station on Monday, with undocking slated for 4:26 a.m. that