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Astronaut Joan Higginbotham, STS-116 mission specialist+ View High-res
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S116-E-05447 (11 Dec. 2006) --- Astronaut Joan E. Higginbotham, STS-116 mission specialist, uses a handheld laser ranging device on the aft flight deck of the Space Shuttle Discovery to track the range of the International Space Station during rendezvous operations.
European Space Agency astronaut Christer Fuglesang, STS-116 mission specialist+ View High-res
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S116-E-05456 (11 Dec. 2006) --- European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Christer Fuglesang, STS-116 mission specialist, aims a still camera through the overhead windows of the Space Shuttle Discovery during flight day three activities.
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S116-E-05480 (11 Dec. 2006) --- Astronaut Joan E. Higginbotham, STS-116 mission specialist, settles in for a task on the aft flight deck of Space Shuttle Discovery during flight day three activities.
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S116-E-05504 (11 Dec. 2006) --- As seen through windows on the aft flight deck of Space Shuttle Discovery, the shuttle's payload bay and the approaching International Space Station (background) are featured in this image photographed by a STS-116 crewmember during flight day three activities. Pictured in the payload bay are the shuttle's docking mechanism (foreground), Spacehab module (partially obscured), the Canadian-built Remote Manipulator System (RMS) robotic arm (right), and the Remote Manipulator System/Orbiter Boom Sensor System (left, in stowed position).
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S116-E-05528 (11 Dec. 2006) --- Astronaut Joan E. Higginbotham, STS-116 mission specialist, uses a handheld laser ranging device on the aft flight deck of the Space Shuttle Discovery to track the range of the International Space Station during rendezvous operations.
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S116-E-05536 (11 Dec. 2006) --- Astronaut Nicholas J. M. Patrick, STS-116 mission specialist, looks over procedures checklists on the aft flight deck of Space Shuttle Discovery during flight day three activities.
European Space Agency astronaut Christer Fuglesang and Robert Curbeam, both STS-116 mission specialists+ View High-res
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S116-E-05556 (11 Dec. 2006) --- European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Christer Fuglesang (foreground) and Robert L. Curbeam, Jr., both STS-116 mission specialists, work with controls on the aft flight deck of Space Shuttle Discovery during flight day three activities.
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S116-E-05565 (11 Dec. 2006) --- Astronaut William A. (Bill) Oefelein, STS-116 pilot, uses a communication system while looking at a procedures checklist (out of frame) on the aft flight deck of Space Shuttle Discovery during flight day three activities.
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S116-E-05569 (11 Dec. 2006) --- Astronaut Robert L. Curbeam, Jr., STS-116 mission specialist, prepares to open the hatch that will lead the entire Space Shuttle Discovery crew into the International Space Station. This was just one highlight of a very busy day that earlier saw the flawless rendezvous and docking operations between the shuttle and station. Docking occurred at 4:12 p.m. (CST) and the crew entered the orbital outpost at 5:54 p.m. (CST) on Dec. 11.
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S116-E-05575 (11 Dec. 2006) --- Astronaut Joan E. Higginbotham, STS-116 mission specialist, uses a computer on the middeck of Space Shuttle Discovery during flight day three activities.