March 3, 2011
The Expedition 26 crew photographed the aft portion of Discovery's main engines, part of the cargo bay, vertical stabilizer and orbital maneuvering system pods during a survey of the vehicle's approach prior to its 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. The image was photographed with a digital still camera, using a 400mm lens at a distance of about 600 feet (180 meters).
Topics: Rendezvous pitch maneuver, Space rendezvous, Space Shuttle program, Expedition, International Space Station, Environment, Space Shuttle Orbital Maneuvering System, Space Shuttle Orbiter