Atlantis Shuttle Crew Reminded of Star Wars

Bonnie Burton | June 21, 2007

In space it seems that even real astronauts can get slightly nostalgic for A New Hope.

Sturckow and his six STS-117 crewmates are concluding a 13-day mission to the ISS, where outfitted the orbital laboratory with new starboard solar arrays and trusses, hauled in an older solar wing and swapped out a member of the Expedition 15 crew. The astronauts undocked from the ISS Tuesday and flew around the station to take photographs of its new symmetrical shape.

“We refer to this as our TIE fighter video,” joked Cathy Koerner, lead STS-117 flight director, the similarity between the station’s new look and Star Wars fighters from afar.

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