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APOD: 2011 June 8 - Space Shuttle and Space Station Photographed Together



Space Shuttle and Space Station Photographed Together
Credit: NASA

Explanation: 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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No kidding.

What blows me away is that that picture contains two of the crowning achievements of human science/engineering for the 20th century.
 

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And this is why I check APOD every day...some of those pics are just mindblowing!
 
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