Great Shots from Space

ISS-Endeavour

Earth, Endeavour, ISS, and two Soyuz Vessels

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:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/multimedia/e27depart.html

http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/557147main_iss027e036656_full.jpg

We’ve all seen the Space Shuttle perched on the back of a Boeing 747, so that gives you an idea the relative sizes of the ISS and Soyuz.

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.

Dyson in the Copula

NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Expedition 24 flight engineer, looks through a window in the Cupola of the International Space Station. A blue and white part of Earth and the blackness of space are visible through the windows. The image was a self-portrait using natural light. (Click to enlarge)

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~ by Bill Housley on June 7, 2011.

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