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Picture Of The Week: Space Shuttle and Space Station Photographed Together

June 8, 2011

Oh, wow!  This link provides a huge view of the image below!  (Readers might recall I was miffed months back when the Russians were ‘unable’ to assist in taking an even more spectacular picture of this type. We can only be glad the Russians were finally able to see the benefit of making this photo below possible.)

How was this picture taken? Usually, pictures of the shuttle, taken from space, are snapped from the space station. Commonly, pictures of the space station are snapped from the shuttle. How, then, can there be a picture of both the shuttle and the station together, taken from space? The answer is that during the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s last trip to the International Space Station two weeks ago, a supply ship departed the station with astronauts that captured a series of rare views. The supply ship was the Russian Soyuz TMA-20 which landed in Kazakhstan later that day. The above spectacular image well captures the relative sizes of the station and docked shuttle. Far below, clouds of Earth are seen above a blue sea. The next and last launch of a US space shuttle is scheduled for early July.

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