What are these three wires connected in a y-shape called and what is their role? Some sort of alignment guide? Sorry for the hard to see picture. enter image description here


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That y-cable assembly was called the "centerline camera crosshair". It worked in conjunction with the docking camera below it and the docking target on the ISS.

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The crew would use the centerline camera to view the relative alignment of the crosshair and the docking target during the final stage of rendezvous/docking.

Reference: Orbital docking system centerline color television camera system test

The best drawings I could find with the crosshair labeled:

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From Space Shuttle Systems Handbook Volume 3, pages 389 and 391 in the pdf.

There is some video of the centerline camera crosshairs at 4:18 in this STS-86 postflight video (in this case the station shown is the Mir).


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