CEV-Soyuz joint mission to L2 antisunward
An Orion class Crew Exploration Vehicle (AKA Deep Space Vehicle) is paired with a Soyuz TMA-M manned spacecraft for a joint deep space rendezvous with a satellite parked the gravitationally stable Lagrangian point 2 (L2) about 1 million miles beyond the orbit of the Earth's Moon. This image is drawn from the same scene as CEV-Soyuz joint mission to L2 except the perspective is with the Sun from behind the viewer, i.e., antisunward.
The manned spacecraft is rendezvousing with a hypothetical satellite protected from the Sun via an attached shade like its real-world L2 counterparts the Herschel and Planck Space Observatories, and the James Webb Space Telescope currently under construction.
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