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Will Ultimate Photo-Op Of Space Station Be Taken?

February 11, 2011

We can only hope this will be in the works.  From CBS News.

Along with reviewing ground processing and external tank repairs, shuttle managers also are considering the possibility of staging what might be considered the ultimate photo op during Discovery’s mission to deliver critical supplies and a final U.S. module to the space station.

The idea is to have a Russian Soyuz spacecraft undock so its three-man crew can photograph the  station from a distance, showing the completed lab complex with the shuttle attached, along with Russian, European and Japanese cargo ships and crew capsules. Discovery’s mission represents the last time a shuttle and all current types of visiting spacecraft will be present at the station before the shuttle fleet is retired later this year.

But the plan would require Russian approval and cooperation and it’s not yet known if they will go along.

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