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    S119-E-006405 (17 March 2009) --- Astronaut John Phillips, STS-119 mission specialist, aims a handheld laser ranging device -- designed to measure the distance between two spacecraft -- through one of the overhead windows on the aft flight deck of Space Shuttle Discovery to track the range of the International Space Station during rendezvous operations.

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    S119-E-006415 (17 March 2009) --- Astronaut Steve Swanson, STS-119 mission specialist, uses a still camera through one of the overhead windows on the aft flight deck of Space Shuttle Discovery to photograph the International Space Station during rendezvous operations.

  • Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Koichi Wakata› View High-res
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    S119-E-006426 (17 March 2009) --- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Koichi Wakata, STS-119 mission specialist, is pictured on the aft flight deck of Space Shuttle Discovery during flight day three activities.

  • STS-119 astronauts› View High-res
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    S119-E-006432 (17 March 2009) --- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Koichi Wakata (foreground), STS-119 mission specialist; NASA astronauts Lee Archambault, commander; Steve Swanson and Joseph Acaba, both mission specialists, enter the Harmony node shortly after Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station docked in space and the hatches were opened on March 17, 2009. STS-119 crewmembers not pictured are astronauts Tony Antonelli, pilot; Richard Arnold and John Phillips, both mission specialists.

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    ISS018-E-040597 (17 March 2009) --- An overhead view of the exterior of Space Shuttle Discovery's crew cabin, part of its payload bay doors and docking system was provided by Expedition 18 crewmembers on the International Space Station. Before docking with the station, astronaut Lee Archambault, STS-119 commander, flew the shuttle through a Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver or basically a backflip to allow the space station crew a good view of Discovery's heat shield. Using digital still cameras equipped with both 400 and 800 millimeter lenses, the ISS crewmembers took a number of photos of the shuttle's thermal protection system and sent them down to teams on the ground for analysis. A 800 millimeter lens was used for this image.

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    ISS018-E-040602 (17 March 2009) --- An overhead view of the exterior of Space Shuttle Discovery's crew cabin, part of its payload bay and docking system was provided by Expedition 18 crewmembers on the International Space Station. Before docking with the station, astronaut Lee Archambault, STS-119 commander, flew the shuttle through a Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver or basically a backflip to allow the space station crew a good view of Discovery's heat shield. Using digital still cameras equipped with both 400 and 800 millimeter lenses, the ISS crewmembers took a number of photos of the shuttle's thermal protection system and sent them down to teams on the ground for analysis. A 800 millimeter lens was used for this image.

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    ISS018-E-040628 (17 March 2009) --- An overhead close-up view of the exterior of Space Shuttle Discovery's crew cabin, part of its payload bay and docking system was provided by Expedition 18 crewmembers on the International Space Station. Before docking with the station, astronaut Lee Archambault, STS-119 commander, flew the shuttle through a Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver or basically a backflip to allow the space station crew a good view of Discovery's heat shield. Using digital still cameras equipped with both 400 and 800 millimeter lenses, the ISS crewmembers took a number of photos of the shuttle's thermal protection system and sent them down to teams on the ground for analysis. A 800 millimeter lens was used for this image.

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    ISS018-E-040777 (17 March 2009) --- A close-up view of Space Shuttle Discovery's main engines was provided by Expedition 18 crewmembers on the International Space Station. Before docking with the station, astronaut Lee Archambault, STS-119 commander, flew the shuttle through a Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver or basically a backflip to allow the space station crew a good view of Discovery's heat shield. Using digital still cameras equipped with both 400 and 800 millimeter lenses, the ISS crewmembers took a number of photos of the shuttle's thermal protection system and sent them down to teams on the ground for analysis. A 800 millimeter lens was used for this image.

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    ISS018-E-040788 (17 March 2009) --- A close-up view of Space Shuttle Discovery's main engines was provided by Expedition 18 crewmembers on the International Space Station. Before docking with the station, astronaut Lee Archambault, STS-119 commander, flew the shuttle through a Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver or basically a backflip to allow the space station crew a good view of Discovery's heat shield. Using digital still cameras equipped with both 400 and 800 millimeter lenses, the ISS crewmembers took a number of photos of the shuttle's thermal protection system and sent them down to teams on the ground for analysis. A 800 millimeter lens was used for this image.

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    ISS018-E-040789 (17 March 2009) --- Backdropped by the blackness of space, Space Shuttle Discovery is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 18 crewmember on the International Space Station during rendezvous and docking operations. Before docking with the station, astronaut Lee Archambault, STS-119 commander, flew the shuttle through a Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver or basically a backflip to allow the space station crew a good view of Discovery's heat shield. Using digital still cameras equipped with both 400 and 800 millimeter lenses, the ISS crewmembers took a number of photos of the shuttle's thermal protection system and sent them down to teams on the ground for analysis. A 400 millimeter lens was used for this image. Docking occurred at 4:20 p.m. (CDT) on March 17, 2009. The final pair of power-generating solar array wings and the S6 truss segment are visible in Discovery's cargo bay.