January 17, 2012
Space shuttle Atlantis is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 23 crew member on the International Space Station soon after the shuttle and station began their post-undocking relative separation. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 10:22 a.m. (CDT) on May 23, 2010, ending a seven-day stay that saw the addition of a new station module, replacement of batteries and resupply of the orbiting outpost. A portion of a Russian spacecraft docked to the station is at top. A blue part of Earth provides the backdrop for the scene.
Topics: Environment, Shuttle–Mir Program, Progress spacecraft, International Space Station, Soyuz TMA-9