The ISS now has its full complement of solar panels. Credit: NASA
The Space Shuttle Discovery (mission STS-119) has just touched down at the Kennedy Space Center after 202 orbits of the Earth. It’s been in space for the past 12 and a bit days visiting the International Space Station where the shuttle’s crew has installed a new set of huge solar panels; giving the orbiting structure some more power. As Discovery undocked and parted with the ISS a few days ago it flew around the station. One of the astronauts on-board captured a high-definition video of the manoeuvre. The result is amazing. I’ve embedded the YouTube video below but it’s really worth clicking the HD button to see the much sharper footage.