December 19, 2011
Backdropped by the South China Sea and the Gulf of Tonkin, the Tranquility node in space shuttle Endeavour's payload bay, vertical stabilizer, orbital maneuvering system (OMS) pods and a shadow-covered docking mechanism are featured in this image photographed by the STS-130 crew from an aft flight deck window. Hainan Island can be seen between the South China Sea (bottom) and Gulf of Tonkin (top). The Leizhou Peninsula of the Chinese mainland is on the upper right.
Topics: Environment, Gulf of Tonkin, South China Sea, Space Shuttle program, Leizhou, Leizhou Peninsula, Tonkin, STS-1, Edwards Air Force Base, Hainan, Space Shuttle