Astronauts awe-struck by gleaming International Space Station
Glowing in the sunlight, this is
the latest stunning shot of the International Space Station, taken from
the shuttle Endeavour as it came in to dock.
Astronaut Stephen Robinson was awe-struck when he drew close to the space station, during Endeavour's approach from below.
look up and see what humankind could really accomplish in space was
just almost impossible to believe. It seemed like science fiction,' he
The International Space Station backdropped by Earth's horizon and the blackness of space
'Now here we are with human beings that are living on board. That
truly is the amazing legacy of the space shuttle programme.'
The six-strong space shuttle crew brought vital
food supplies with them as well as an Italian-made viewing balcony,
which will give the astronauts panoramic views of our planet.
By the time Endeavour leaves next
week, the space station will be 90 per cent complete. Just four
scheduled shuttle flights remain.
11 astronauts were in high spirits as they greeted one another in the
early hours of Wednesday but it was soon back to business. They started
to fix the recycling system that turns urine into water and prepared
for the first of three space walks.
The underside of the crew cabin of the space shuttle is exposed as it prepares to dock
Space shuttle Endeavour docked with the forward docking port of the Harmony module
Shuttle astronaut Robert Behnken
will have to borrow the upper part of a suit already on the station for
today's spacewalk, after the glove heaters and helmet camera failed to
work on his own.
Meanwhile, Nasa is assessing a cracked thermal tile and protruding ceramic ring on the space shuttle Endeavour.
'Initially, it doesn't look like we're going to be very concerned about them,' said mission management leader LeRoy Cain.
'But we want to be very vigilant and take a closer look.'
SPOT THE SPACE STATION
A good time to spot the Space
Station in the UK is this weekend.
On Saturday it will appear in the
West near the horizon at 6.17am and move up and towards the East for
three minutes before disappearing.
On Sunday it will appear in the West
near the horizon at 6.39am and move up and towards the South-East for
For more sighting opportunities go to
Nasa skywatch website