|What's that approaching?
Astronauts on board the
International Space Station
first saw it far in the distance.
Soon it enlarged to become a
As it came even closer, the
silhouette appeared to be a spaceship.
Finally, at just past 11 pm
(CST) last Tuesday, the object, revealed to be the
Space Shuttle Endeavor, docked as expected with the
Earth-orbiting space station.
Pictured above, Endeavor was imaged near Earth's horizon as it approached, where several layers of the
Earth's atmosphere were visible.
Directly behind the shuttle is the
mesosphere, which appears blue.
The atmospheric layer that appears white is the
while the orange layer is Earth's
This shuttle mission, which began with a
dramatic night launch
and will continue into next week, has many tasks planned.
These tasks include the delivery of the
Tranquility Module which includes a
cupola bay window complex that may allow even better views of spaceships approaching and leaving the space station.
Expedition 22 Crew,