STS-129 – Docking with ISS

This morning (7:45 AM Phoenix), we find Atlantis 27,000 feet from the International Space Station. Nicole Stott will be returning on Atlantis following her mission on the ISS. Live coverage on NASA TV.

Control Room

Control Room prior to Docking.
Image Credit: NASA TV

Atlantis Location and Attitude

Atlantis Location and Attitude.
Image Credit: NASA TV

Three miles from the ISS and Atlantis completes a short burn.

Nicole comments her ticket is stamped and ready to go for the return flight home.

8:11 AM Phoenix (10:11 EST) and Atlantis is 8,000 feet away. Docking is scheduled for 9:53 AM Phoenix time (11:53 EST)

And at 8:20, Atlantis is less than 5,000 feet away from ISS.

Approach Display

Control Room Approach Display.
Image Credit: NASA TV

Atlantis Go for 600 Foot Approach

Atlantis Go for 600 Foot Approach.
Image Credit: NASA TV

ISS from Atlantis

ISS from Atlantis.
Image Credit: NASA TV

Atlantis Closing

Atlantis Closing.
Image Credit: NASA TV

Cargo Bay Open

Cargo Bay Open.
Image Credit: NASA TV

Atlantis Closing on the IIS

Atlantis Closing on the IIS.
Image Credit: NASA TV

At about 8:53 AM (10:53 EST), Atlantis will perform the heat shield inspection back flip.

Tile Inspection

Tile Inspection.
Image Credit: NASA TV

Closing Display

Closing Display.
Image Credit: NASA TV

Shuttle Atlantis closing at 0.2 feet per second with 20 minutes to go until docking.

Speed is now down 0.17 foot per second as Atlantis is less than 100 feet away from the docking port.

50 feet.

Final approach maneuver at 30 feet.

20 feet. 15 feet. 10 feet. 5 feet.

Docking confirmed at 9:51 AM Phoenix time.

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