JUNK JOCKEY With the aid of the Canadian-built DEXTRE robotic arm, U.S. astronaut Mike Fossum retrieves a failed space pump from the International Space Station to place it inside the space shuttle Atlantis’s payload bay. The shuttle is scheduled to return to Earth at 5:56 am EDT on Thursday, July 21. (Photo via NASA APOD)
CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR Astronaut Mike Fossum’s helmet visor mirrors a panoramic scene of the docked International Space Station with the space shuttle Atlantis and the planet Earth below in this photo taken July 12, 2011. (Photo: NASA via MSNBC.com)
This is astronaut Stephen Robinson, anchored to a foot restraint on Canadarm2, attached to the International Space Station, in July 2005.
For everyone who complains that “low-orbit” is boring - THIS IS NOT BORING.
“I JUST INSTALL WINDOWS. I DON’T WASH ‘EM.” American astronaut Nicholas Patrick put some finishing touches on the newly installed Tranquility module’s space windows aboard the International Space Station last week, about 340 kilometers [or 6,781,913 miles] above Earth’s surface. “Now you can see your house from here!” Patrick jokingly told his fellow astronauts, who then refused to open the pod bay doors. (Photo via NASA / APOD)