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S126E025042 - STS-126 - View of ISS, Docked Soyuz and Endeavour

S126E025042 - STS-126 - View of ISS, Docked Soyuz and Endeavour

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Description: Partial view of the International Space Station (ISS), the docked Soyuz TMA-13 and the docked orbiter Endeavour taken against a backdrop of Earth and space during Expedition 18 / STS-126 joint operations. This is one of a series of images taken at 20 second intervals during Expedition 18 / STS-126 joint operations.

Subject Terms: STS-126, Endeavour (Orbiter), Soyuz Spacecraft, Chronophotography

Date Taken: 11/26/2008

Categories: Station Configuration

Interior_Exterior: Exterior

Ground_Orbit: On-orbit

Original: Digital Still

Preservation File Format: TIFF
STS-126

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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2008
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The U.S. National Archives
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