December 15, 2011
This view of the nose of the Space Shuttle Atlantis was provided by an Expedition 21 crew member during a survey of the approaching STS-129 vehicle prior to docking with the International Space Station. As part of the survey and part of every mission's activities, Atlantis performed a back-flip for the rendezvous pitch maneuver (RPM). The image was photographed with a digital still camera, using a 400mm lens at a distance of about 600 feet (180 meters).
Topics: Rendezvous pitch maneuver, Manned spacecraft, Space Shuttle program, Space rendezvous, STS-116, STS-117, Space Shuttle Atlantis, Edwards Air Force Base, Space Shuttle, Expedition, STS, International Space Station