Discovery's Final Flip
February 28, 2011
This view of the nose, the forward underside and crew cabin of the space shuttle Discovery was provided by an Expedition 26 crew member during a survey of the approaching STS-133 vehicle prior to docking with the International Space Station. As part of the survey and part of every mission's activities, Discovery performed a back-flip for the rendezvous pitch maneuver (RPM). The image was photographed with a digital still camera, using a 400mm lens at a distance of about 600 feet.
Topics: Rendezvous pitch maneuver, Manned spacecraft, Space Shuttle program, Disaster Accident, Space rendezvous, Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-116, STS-121, Space Shuttle, Spaceflight, Expedition, STS, International Space Station