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Cruise Configuration

As soon as the spacecraft was clear of the launch vehicle, the orbiter deployed its solar arrays to begin producing power. The high-gain antenna was also deployed at this point. The high-gain antenna moved to track the Earth, while the solar panels remained fixed.

For more information on what happened during this phase of the mission, see the cruise section in the Mission Timeline.

Cruise configuration  Cruise configuration, view from Earth
Cruise configuration
  
Cruise configuration, view from Earth

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