May 7, 2014
(26 Feb. 2011) --- This view of the aft portion of the space shuttle Discovery, including the three main engines and orbital maneuvering system (OMS) pods, was provided by an Expedition 26 crew member during a survey of the approaching STS-133 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: Spaceflight, Space Shuttle program, Spacecraft, Rendezvous pitch maneuver, STS-133, Space rendezvous, STS-129, STS-1, STS-132, Edwards Air Force Base, Space Shuttle, Manned spacecraft