Docking practice over New Zealand
Backdropped against the waters of Cook Strait near New Zealand's South Island,
Russia's Mir space station is seen from the aft flight deck of the Space Shuttle
Atlantis. The two spacecraft were in the process of making their third docking in
Docked to Mir
This view, taken from one of Atlantis’ overhead windows with an electronic still
camera (ESC), shows most of the elements of Russia’s Mir space station.
The two spacecraft docked some 30 hours earlier, with the two crews of astronauts and cosmonauts
greeting and exchanging gifts in the Mir base block module, near foreground. At right edge is the
docking module (DM) which was delivered on the previous Atlantis mission.