NASA publishes spectacular images of the recent mission

In our previous post you saw the shuttle's pre-flight activities and launch preparation. Today, with new NASA imagery in (not copyrighted), plus a few photos from a Russian source, you can get a closer look at science and maintenance work in orbit, including several fascinating spacewalks.

STS-117 Atlantis mission's rendezvous with Expedition 15 of the International Space Station. Read more info here. Click any image to enlarge.

Astronaut Steven Swanson during the mission's second spacewalk.

Inspection of the thermal shield.

Shuttle's payload bay is clearly visible, with a valuable cargo inside.

Shuttle approaching the International Space Station

"The Backflip" - flipping Atlantis on her "belly" to allow for closer examination of the heat shield.

Giving out packages from Earth...

Astronaut Jim Reilly during spacewalk.

STS-117 noticed a gap in the thermal blanket, which would be repaired during a spacewalk.

Mission's first spacewalk (connecting station's newly installed truss)

Construction of the International Space Station continues - activating new truss segments.

Folding the older solar arrays...

Astronaut Patrick Forrester during the mission's fourth spacewalk.

New solar array configuration. Future missions will add more arrays to each side and several science modules.

Aurora Borealis as seen from space:

(Image courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA)

Sunset over the Pacific:

(Image courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA)

NASA Associate Administrator Rex Geveden at the Launch Control Center.
(Images source: NASA, Russian Space Center)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

two things that are always cool:

space and dinosaurs

Blogger Kanteker said...

I have to commend you on this photo collection. You do a wonderful job of posting some incredible photo collections from so many different areas of interest. But these of the shuttle, crew, and international space station were excellent. I always love looking at pictures in space. The shot from above the shuttle cockpit looking down on the mountainous terrain on Earth was awesome. Thanks again for running such an enjoyable blog.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey… that there aurora picture? where is that from? is it a fake?

Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Try this one:
the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA

Anonymous KL said...

While "Really bad wiring jobs" is probably my alltime favourite DRB series, "Sunset over the Pacific" is my favourite DRB image. Guess the most beautiful thing I've ever seen...


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