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ISS015-E-12854 (10 June 2007) --- This underside view of the Space Shuttle Atlantis was photographed by an Expedition 15 crewmember as Atlantis approached the International Space Station and performed a back-flip to allow photography of its heat shield. The photos will be analyzed by engineers on the ground as additional data to evaluate the condition of Atlantis' heat shield.
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ISS015-E-12880 (10 June 2007) --- A nadir view of the Space Shuttle Atlantis was photographed by a member of the Expedition 15 crew aboard the International Space Station as the two spacecraft were nearing their much-anticipated link-up in Earth orbit. The 17.8 ton S3/S4 truss to be added next week to the station can be seen berthed in the payload bay of the shuttle.
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ISS015-E-12916 (10 June 2007) --- Backdropped by rugged Earth terrain, the Space Shuttle Atlantis approaches the International Space Station during STS-117 rendezvous and docking operations. Docking occurred at 2:36 p.m. (CDT) on June 10, 2007. A pair of solar arrays and starboard truss segments (S3/S4), which are later to be attached to the station and outfitted during three spacewalks, can be seen in Atlantis' cargo bay. A docked Soyuz spacecraft is visible at right.
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ISS015-E-12917 (10 June 2007) --- Backdropped by rugged Earth terrain, the Space Shuttle Atlantis approaches the International Space Station during STS-117 rendezvous and docking operations. Docking occurred at 2:36 p.m. (CDT) on June 10, 2007. A pair of solar arrays and starboard truss segments (S3/S4), which are later to be attached to the station and outfitted during three spacewalks, can be seen in Atlantis' cargo bay. A docked Soyuz spacecraft is visible at right.
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ISS015-E-11712 (10 June 2007) --- Backdropped by rugged Earth terrain, the Space Shuttle Atlantis approaches the International Space Station during STS-117 rendezvous and docking operations. Docking occurred at 2:36 p.m. (CDT) on June 10, 2007. A pair of solar arrays and starboard truss segments (S3/S4), which are later to be attached to the station and outfitted during three spacewalks, can be seen in Atlantis' cargo bay. A docked Soyuz spacecraft is visible at right.
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ISS015-E-11759 (10 June 2007) --- Backdropped by a blue and white Earth, the Space Shuttle Atlantis approaches the International Space Station during STS-117 rendezvous and docking operations. Docking occurred at 2:36 p.m. (CDT) on June 10, 2007. A pair of solar arrays and starboard truss segments (S3/S4), which are later to be attached to the station and outfitted during three spacewalks, can be seen in Atlantis' cargo bay. A docked Soyuz spacecraft is visible at top center.
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S117-E-06927 (10 June 2007) --- Astronaut Patrick Forrester, STS-117 mission specialist, exercises on a bicycle ergometer on the middeck of the Space Shuttle Atlantis.
Rick Sturckow aims binoculars through one of the overhead windows+ View High-res
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S117-E-06948 (10 June 2007) --- Astronaut Rick Sturckow, STS-117 commander, aims binoculars through one of the overhead windows on the aft flight deck of the Space Shuttle Atlantis as it approaches the International Space Station.
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S117-E-06953 (10 June 2007) --- Astronaut John "Danny" Olivas, STS-117 mission specialist, aims a laser range finder through one of the overhead windows on the aft flight deck of the Space Shuttle Atlantis at it approaches the International Space Station. This instrument is a regularly called-on tool during rendezvous operations with the station. The subsequent docking will allow the STS-117 astronauts and the Expedition 15 crew to team up for several days of key tasks in space.
Lee Archambault occupies the commander's station+ View High-res
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S117-E-06956 (10 June 2007) --- Astronaut Lee Archambault, STS-117 pilot, occupies the commander's station on the flight deck of Space Shuttle Atlantis during rendezvous and docking operations with the International Space Station.