August 25, 2011
Backdropped against a blanket of gray clouds, the STS-115 external tank falls away from the Space Shuttle Atlantis. A crew member onboard the shuttle recorded the image with a digital still camera. Mission managers and flight controllers on the ground are studying the handheld pictures along with another group of ET separation photos recorded by automatic cameras in the umbilical well.
Topics: Manned spacecraft, Human spaceflight, Spaceflight, STS-114, STS-115, Edwards Air Force Base, flight controller, Space Shuttle