July 19, 2011
This close-up view of the International Space Station (ISS), newly equipped with the 27,000 pound S0 (S-zero) truss, was photographed by one of the astronauts on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis. S0 is the first segment of a truss structure, which will ultimately expand the station to the length of a football field. Atlantis pulled away from the complex at 1:31 p.m. (CDT) as the two spacecraft flew some 247 statute miles above Earth. After more than a week of joint operations between the shuttle and station crews, astronaut Stephen N. Frick, pilot, backed Atlantis away to a distance of about 400 feet in front of the station, where he began a 1-lap flyaround of the ISS.
Topics: Space Shuttle Atlantis, Manned spacecraft, Human spaceflight, Environment, Disaster Accident, Integrated Truss Structure, Stephen Frick, Expedition 6, Space Shuttle, International Space Station, Space Shuttle program