Good News: NASA's final space shuttle Atlantis has successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday and restocked it with vital supplies (enough provisions for astronauts to be good for another year, says the Associated Press). Even Better News: that hurtling junk piece of an old Soviet satellite that was projected to whiz by the ISS at an uncomfortably close distance is now no longer a concern, said NASA experts. (Last month, ISS astronauts had to take shelter in outside capsules from a similar space debris incident.)
So, what's on the agenda for the Atlantis crew members for the rest of the week? As Space.com reports:
Members of both the shuttle and station crews will spend the week unpacking the contents of the cargo pod and storing the supplies and hardware on the station before repacking the cargo pod with trash and other items to return to Earth at the end of Atlantis' mission.
Looks like a lot of box moving, albeit with a great view. A few angles from the shuttle's docking, beginning with the Atlantis approach to the space station:
A view of the International Space Station from the camera mounted in the shuttle's payload bay:
The shuttle docks with the space station:
Photos by NASA via Reuters