Apollo 7/S-IVB Rendezvous in Space
April 23, 2003
The expended Saturn IVB stage as photographed from the Apollo 7 spacecraft during transposition and docking maneuvers at an altitude of 126 nautical miles, at ground elapsed time of three hours, 11 minutes. The round, white disc inside the open panels of the Saturn IVB is a simulated docking target similar to that used on the lunar module for docking during lunar missions. The spacecraft is directly over Odessa-Midland, Texas. The view between the two panels (area of large puffy clouds) extends southwest across Texas into the Mexican State of Chihuahua. The distance between the Apollo 7 spacecraft and the S-(VB is approximately 50 feet.
Topics: Transposition, docking, and extraction, Space rendezvous, Apollo program, Environment, Apollo 15, Outward journey, S-IVB, Manned Venus Flyby, Apollo Lunar Module, Moon landing, Apollo spacecraft, Apollo 7, Spacecraft