June 9, 2011
Just a few feet away from a 70mm camera onboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, the Russian-built control module and the U.S.-built Unity connecting module are mated in the shuttle's cargo bay. Using Endeavour's 50-ft. long Canadian-built Remote Manipulator System (RMS) robot arm, astronaut Nancy J. Currie working from the aft flight deck, plucked Zarya out of orbit at 5:47 p.m. (CST), December 6. The craft had been orbiting Earth for a little over 16 days prior to grapple and subsequent docking to Unity.
Topics: Environment, Human spaceflight, Spacecraft, Space exploration, Nancy J. Currie, STS-88, Zarya, STS-74, Canadian space program, Unity, Canadarm, Space Shuttle, Manned spacecraft