Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Magical Helmet Shot

NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao captures his reflection in the faceplate of a space suit in this image taken aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Chiao, commander of the tenth mission to the ISS, is in the final days of his mission aboard the orbital outpost.

He and ISS Expedition 10 flight engineer Salizhan Sharipov have lived aboard the space station since October 2004. Later this month, they will relinquish station control to their successors, Expedition 11 commander SergeiKrikalev and flight engineer John Phillips.

Krikalev and Phillips are set to launch into space aboard a Soyuz rocket the evening of Thursday April 14, though it will be April 15 at their Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad during liftoff.

Riding spaceward with the Expedition 11 crew is Italian astronaut Roberto Vittori, of the European Space Agency (ESA), who will spend a few days conducting experiments aboard the ISS during the crew exchange.

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