June 29, 2011
The International Space Station (ISS)is backdropped against the blackness of space in this medium-distance, 70mm frame, as photographed from the departing Space Shuttle Atlantis. The newly installed Destiny laboratory is in the left foreground. The crews of the Space Shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station parted company at 8:06 a.m. (CST), Febraury 16, as astronaut Mark L. Polansky, pilot, flew the shuttle halfway around the station and its new Destiny laboratory before moving off.
Topics: Human spaceflight, Spaceflight, Space exploration, Environment, STS-117, Shuttle–Mir Program, Space Shuttle, Space Shuttle Atlantis, International Space Station, Mark L. Polansky, Manned spacecraft