Thursday, July 28, 2005

Rolled and Docked...

At 11:00am BST this morning during its approach to the International Space Station, Discovery performed a 360° back flip at a distance of around 600 feet from the station so that the orbiter's belly could be checked for debris damage.

CREDIT: NASA
Top: The International Space Station crew snapped this image of Discovery at a distance of 337 feet. Bottom: The International Space Station is viewed through Discovery's docking ring during approach.

Discovery then went on to successfully dock with the ISS at 12:18 BST this afternoon above the South Pacific just west of Chile.

Update: NASA has released soon amazing video taken from the International Space Station of Discovery's full pitch maneurver...

CREDIT: NASA
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