From the Inside Out
NASA – This image of Atlantis’ payload bay, focusing on the docking mechanism, was photographed by the STS-135 crew from inside the crew cabin. The orbiter boom sensor system and a portion of the remote manipulator system’s robot arm are visible in the frame, exposed during a busy third day in space for the astronauts. The photo was made shortly before the shuttle docked with the International Space Station.
A Different Perspective
This is one of a series of images taken by the station crew of space shuttle Atlantis in Earth orbit. 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. The shuttle ‘posed’ for photographs and visual surveys and performed a back-flip for the rendezvous pitch maneuver. A 400 millimeter lens was used to capture this particular series of images.
Parts of Atlantis’ main engines are visible in this image, which is one of a series of images taken during the back flip or rendezvous pitch maneuver (RPM). Atlantis ‘posed’ for this and other photographs and visual surveys on approach to the International Space Station. The station crew used an 800 millimeter lens to capture this particular series of images.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden congratulates Launch Director Michael Leinbach, facing camera, in Firing Room Four of the Launch Control Center shortly after the space shuttle Atlantis launched on Friday, July 8, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The launch of Atlantis on the STS-135 mission is the final flight of the shuttle program. STS-135 is slated to be a 12-day mission to the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
NASA managers look on from Firing Room Four of the Launch Control Center as space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from Launch Pad 39A on Friday, July 8, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
View from the Firing Room
Center Director Bob Cabana (right) and other management look on from Firing Room 4 of the Launch Control Center as space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 11:29 a.m. EDT. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls