August 7, 2011
This is an image taken by International Space Station (ISS) NASA Science Officer and Flight Engineer John Phillips of the Space Shuttle Discovery as it approached the Station and peformed a backflip to allow photography of its heat shield. Phillips used a 400 mm lens for this photo. Discovery was about 600 feet from the Station. Station Commander Sergei Krikalev and Phillips took photos for about a minute and a half as Discovery Commander Eileen Collins guided the spacecraft through the flip. Krikalvev used an 800 mm lens. The photos will be analyzed by engineers on the ground as additional data to evaluate the condition of Discovery's heat shield.
Topics: Human spaceflight, Spaceflight, Space exploration, Discovery, John Phillips, Expedition 11, John L. Phillips, Rendezvous pitch maneuver, Eileen Collins, Space Shuttle Discovery, Sergei Krikalyov, Space Shuttle, Manned spacecraft, NASA