June 1, 2011
Backdropped against the darkness of space, Russia's Mir Space Station is seen from the aft flight deck window of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. The two spacecraft were about to make their third docking in Earth-orbit. With the subsequent delivery of astronaut Shannon W. Lucid to the Mir Space Station, the Mir-21 crew grew to three, as the mission specialist quickly becomes a cosmonaut guest researcher. She will spend approximately 140 days on Mir before returning to Earth.
Topics: Environment, Space stations, Mir, Manned spacecraft, Disaster Accident, STS-84, STS-76, International Space Station, Space Shuttle Atlantis, Shannon Lucid, Spaceflight