January 17, 2012
Rassvet (Russian for "dawn"), also known as the Mini-Research Module 1 (MRM1), was photographed by one of twelve astronauts and cosmonauts onboard the International Space Station following its deployment. Rassvet will be primarily used for cargo storage and as a docking port for visiting spacecraft. It flew to the ISS along with the STS-132 astronauts aboard space shuttle Atlantis (seen docked to the orbital outpost among this cluster of hardware) over the mid-May 2010 weekend. Cupola, a recent addition to the ISS, because of its distance from the camera, shows up as a tiny gray object at photo center.
Topics: Mini-Research Module 1, International Space Station, Manned spacecraft, Cupola, Shuttle–Mir Program, STS-106, Space Shuttle, Environment