June 27, 2011
The STS-106 crew members used a 70mm handheld camera to capture this view of the International Space Station (ISS) backdropped against the darkness of space. For orientation purposes, the picture should be held with the gibbous moon at upper left. The station component on the end in the upper right corner is the U.S.-built Unity node, which is connected with the Russian-built Functional Cargo Block (FGB) or Zarya. The FGB was linked in July with the Service Module or Zvezda (with the longer solar panels). On the bottom in this angle, next to the service module, is the Progress supply ship, which joined ISS in August.
Topics: Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Space exploration, Zarya, Zvezda, Unity, Progress, Unmanned resupply spacecraft, Space stations, International Space Station, Manned spacecraft, Human spaceflight