Space Atlantis


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This view of Atlantis' aft section includes the main engines, part of the cargo bay, vertical stabilizer and orbital maneuvering system pods and was taken by the Expedition 23 crew during a survey as the shuttle approached the station prior to docking. As part of the survey and a part of every mission's activities, Atlantis performed a back flip for the rendezvous pitch maneuver. The image was photographed with a digital still camera, using a 400mm lens at a distance of about 600 feet (180 meters). Image Credit: NASA (More at NASA Picture Of The Day)