June 1, 2011
On the aft flight deck of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, astronaut Linda M. Godwin uses a hand-held laser instrument to check the range of Russia's Mir Space Station during docking operations. The two spacecraft were in the process of making their third docking in Earth-orbit. With the subsequent delivery of astronaut Shannon W. Lucid to the Mir, the Mir-21 crew grew from two to three, as the mission specialist quickly becomes a cosmonaut guest researcher. Lucid will spend approximately 140 days on Mir before returning to Earth.
Topics: Mir, Manned spacecraft, Spaceflight, Environment, STS-84, Linda M. Godwin, STS-76, Shannon Lucid, Space Shuttle Atlantis, Astronaut