Ever wonder what it looks like to approach the International Space Station? Well, it looks something like this:
Can’t make out the spec in the middle? Here we are a little bit later:
And here’s what’s going on inside the shuttle:
Commander Lee Archambault was flying the shuttle in for a docking while Mission Specialist John Phillips was busy shooting the ISS with the handheld laser to get range and range rate data. Pilot Tony Antonelli stayed up front to make sure that all the rendezvous checklist steps were completed, while other crew members took pictures!
And me? Well I was sitting in Mission Control working as Rendezvous Procedures Support! And even though I don’t have any photos to prove it this time around, I like to think that I was just as important as the guys onboard. 😉
We’re docked with ISS!