May 7, 2014
(26 Feb. 2011) --- This view of the nose, the forward underside and crew cabin of the space shuttle Discovery 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 station crew member used a digital still camera with an 800mm focal length, as the two spacecraft were approximately 600 feet (180 meters) apart.
Topics: Disaster Accident, Manned spacecraft, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Expedition 2, Rendezvous pitch maneuver, STS-133, Space rendezvous, STS-129, Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-132, International Space Station, Space Shuttle program