June 9, 2011
With Endeavour's astronauts waiting to mate the Russian-built Zarya control module with the U.S.-built Unity connecting module, an electronic still camera (ESC) was used to record this image of the approaching Zarya, backdropped over a blue and white Earth. A small part of Unity can be seen at right. Using the shuttle's 50-ft.-long Canadian-built robot arm, astronaut Nancy J. Currie, working from Endeavour's aft flight deck, plucked Zarya out of orbit at 5:47 p.m. (CST), Dec. 6. The craft had been orbiting Earth for a little over 16 days prior to the grapple and subsequent docking to Unity.