Photos: Portraits of Shuttle Endeavour at Space Station

Soyuz Departs Space Station While Shuttle Endeavour Remains


This still from NASA TV shows the Russian Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft (left) as it backs away from the International Space Station. The shuttle Endeavour's aft section is visible at right.

Russia's Space Station Mir and NASA Shuttle

Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) via NASA

During NASA's STS-71 mission aboard the shuttle Atlantis, cosmonauts Anatoliy Y. Solovyev and Nikolai M. Budarin, Mir-19 commander and flight engineer, respectively, temporarily unparked their Soyuz spacecraft from the cluster of Mir elements to perform a brief flyaround and photograph the visiting shuttle in July 1995.

One of the First Images of Endeavour Docked to the International Space Station


The International Space Station floats approximately 220 miles above the Earth with space shuttle Endeavour docked to it. Expedition 27 crew member Paolo Nespoli took the photograph from the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft as he and two other astronauts departed the ISS on May 23, 2011 (US time). The pictures taken by Nespoli are the first taken of a shuttle docked to the International Space Station from a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

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