|What's happening outside the space station?
A space shuttle has docked.
Five days ago, the
space shuttle Discovery was
launched to the
International Space Station, carrying six crew members and the large
Leonardo Multi Purpose Logistics Module.
Three days ago, as
pictured above, the docked shuttle was prepared to be unloaded by the space stations
Dextre robot and
The above expansive photo captures much more, however, including Japan's
Kibo Experiment Module on the lower right, Earth across the top of the frame, and a
seemingly starless backdrop of space in the distance.
During the next week, the shuttle and
ISS crews are scheduled to permanently attach Leonardo as well as fix and
upgrade parts of the ISS.
After 38 previous voyages, this is expected to be the last
space mission for the
Space Shuttle STS-133 Crew,
Space Station Expedition 26 Crew,