August 2, 2011
Backdropped by the blackness of space, the International Space Station (ISS) was photographed by a crewmember aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour during rendezvous and docking operations. Endeavour docked with the station at 3:59 p.m. (CST) on November 25, 2002, bringing a new crew and another segment of the station's backbone, the Port One (P1) segment of the Integrated Truss System. The rendezvous and docking of Endeavour with astronaut James D. Wetherbee, STS-113 mission commander, at the controls, occurred about 248 statute miles above the South Pacific off the southeastern coast of Australia.
Topics: Human spaceflight, Spaceflight, Space exploration, Space rendezvous, Shuttle–Mir Program, STS-113, Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-118, International Space Station, Manned spacecraft