February 9, 2012
ISS023-E-020010 (7 April 2010) --- This partial view of the port wing of the space shuttle Discovery was provided by an Expedition 23 crew member during a survey of the approaching STS-131 vehicle prior to docking with the International Space Station. As part of the survey and part of every mission's activities, Discovery 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-119, Edwards Air Force Base, Space Shuttle, Expedition, STS, International Space Station