Great Shots from Space
Just a quick note. The release of the photos that Soyuz took of the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station and two other Soyuz craft occurred today. Click here for the photo gallery and one of my favorite angles:
These might be the only such photos you ever see, unless they take a few shots of Atlantis hooked up to the ISS while it’s up there. Also, future orbiting stations are unlikely to look like this, since plans are already in the works for far less expensive inflatable modules for future designs. The times they are a changing.
Different subject…Zoom in and see if you can find the Cupola and tell me if it’s open or closed.
I read today about how hard it was to get the Cupola for the station. Various budgets kept axing it as frivolous. Eventually, the European Space Agency took it on and a firm in Italy built it. It flew up and was installed last year. Look at the photo below and tell me if you think New Space would have to dicker for years with their bean-counters over such a view. Thanks Astronaut Dyson for this great shot BTW.