June 8, 2011
Russia's Mir space station is backdropped against the darkness of space in this photograph, recorded during the final fly-around of the members of the fleet of NASA's Space Shuttles, in this case, the Discovery. Seven crew members, including Andrew S.W. Thomas, were aboard the Discovery when the photo was taken; and two cosmonauts . Thomas ended up spending 141 days in space on this journey, including time aboard Endeavour and Discovery, which delivered and retrieved him to and from the Mir, respectively.
Topics: Human spaceflight, Spacecraft, Space exploration, Business Finance, Shuttle–Mir Program, Space Shuttle Discovery, Space Shuttle Endeavour, Mir, Space Shuttle, Manned spacecraft, Astronaut, Space Shuttle program, NASA