October 27, 2011
An overhead view of the exterior of Space Shuttle Endeavour's crew cabin, part of its payload bay doors and docking system was provided by Expedition 18 crewmembers on the International Space Station. Before docking with the station, astronaut Chris Ferguson, STS-126 commander, flew the shuttle through a roll pitch maneuver or basically a backflip to allow the space station crew a good view of Endeavour's heat shield. Using digital still cameras equipped with both 400 and 800 millimeter lenses, the ISS crewmembers took a number of photos of the shuttle's thermal protection system and sent them down to teams on the ground for analysis. A 400 millimeter lens was used for this image.
Topics: Manned spacecraft, Spaceflight, Space Shuttle program, STS-127, STS-126, Edwards Air Force Base, STS-118, Space Shuttle, International Space Station, Human spaceflight