Part of a Russian Progress spacecraft which is docked to the station is in the foreground.
Flight Day 3-2
This is one of a series of images showing various parts of space shuttle Atlantis in Earth orbit as photographed by one three crew members — half the station crew — who were equipped with still cameras on the International Space Station as the shuttle “posed” for photos and visual surveys and performed a back-flip for the rendezvous pitch maneuver.
Seen at the rear of the cargo bay is the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module, packed with supplies and spare parts for the orbiting outpost.
This view captures a reunion among six NASA astronauts, three Russian cosmonauts and a Japanese astronaut in the International Space Station’s U.S. Node 2 known as Harmony following a July 10 docking of space shuttle Atlantis and the station.
Clockwise from lower left corner are NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, and NASA astronauts Mike Fossum, Sandy Magnus, Doug Hurley and Rex Walheim; Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, Russian cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko and NASA astronaut Ron Garan. Not pictured is Russian cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev.
Four of the ten space travelers are from STS-135 — the final crew of the Space Shuttle Program — and six are serving long terms on the station.
The photo was taken during the mission’s fourth day of activities in Earth orbit and second day while being docked with the International Space Station.
This module is a component that joined the International Space Station complex after it was flown into space aboard the space shuttle Discovery on the STS-133 mission.
Flight Day 4-3
STS-135 Mission Specialist Sandy Magnus may well be thinking of the word “ocean” for two reasons. Her navigation in the weightlessness of space could be loosely compared to swimming, and she is surrounded by an “ocean” of supplies and equipment in the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module.
The supplies and spare parts are for use and consumption for the International Space Station and its crews. Raffaello was transported up to the station by Magnus and her three crewmates aboard the space shuttle Atlantis.
The Shuttle Era’s Final Spacewalk
Spacewalker Ron Garan rides on the International Space Station’s robotic arm as he transfers a failed pump module to the cargo bay of space shuttle Atlantis. Garan and fellow Expedition 28 astronaut Mike Fossum wrapped up a six-hour, 31-minute spacewalk Tuesday afternoon, performing upgrades and maintenance on the orbiting outpost. It’s the final scheduled spacewalk during a shuttle mission.