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S114E5698 - STS-114 - FWD nadir view of the ISS taken during STS-114 LF1 Approach for docking

S114E5698 - STS-114 - FWD nadir view of the ISS taken during STS-114 LF1 Approach for docking



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Description: Forward nadir view of the International Space Station backdropped against the blackness of space as taken during flyaround by the STS-114 LF1 crew onboard shuttle Discovery during approach and docking operations. Visible is the Soyuz spacecraft, P6 Truss and Solar Arrays, the Quest Airlock (A/L), Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA) 3, S0 (S-zero) truss, partial view of the S1 (S-One) truss, Unity Node 1, Destiny U.S. Laboratory, PMA 2 and the FGB/Zarya solar arrays. Some window glare is visible in the frame.

Subject Terms: Air Locks, FGB, Solar Arrays, U.S. Laboratory, Trusses, Pressurized Mating Adapter, STS-114, Spacecraft Docking

Date Taken: 7/28/2005

Categories: Station Configuration

Interior_Exterior: Exterior

Ground_Orbit: On-orbit

Original: Digital Still

Preservation File Format: TIFF


The International Space Station (ISS) is a habitable space station in low Earth orbit with an altitude of between 330 and 435 km (205 and 270 mi). It completes 15.54 orbits per day. Its first component launched into orbit in 1998, and the ISS is now the largest man-made body in low Earth orbit. The ISS consists of many pressurized modules, external trusses, solar arrays, and other components. ISS components have been launched by Russian Proton and Soyuz rockets, and American Space Shuttles. The ISS is a space research laboratory, the testing ground for technologies and systems required for missions to the Moon and Mars. The station has been continuously occupied for 16 years and 201 days since the arrival of Expedition 1 on 2 November 2000. This is the longest continuous human presence in low Earth orbit, having surpassed the previous record of 9 years and 357 days held by Mir. The station is serviced by a variety of visiting spacecraft: the Russian Soyuz and Progress, the American Dragon and Cygnus, the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle, and formerly the Space Shuttle and the European Automated Transfer Vehicle. It has been visited by astronauts, cosmonauts and space tourists from 17 different nations.





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