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Photo: Space Shuttle Atlantis Docks with ISS, Against the Sun


Photographer Thierry Legault shot this image of the Space Shuttle Atlantis docking with the International Space Station on Sunday, May 16. He had .54 seconds to shoot the image as that's the length of the transit. Check out a bigger version of it here.

Truly spectacular. Major shot, AFTER THE JUMP...

You may recall his past images of the Shuttle and Hubble, which I posted about a year ago.



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  1. The astronomical photos you post consistently Blow! My! Mind! They really are absolutely awe-inspiring. The level of detail is just spectacular.

    Posted by: MT | May 20, 2010 12:34:01 PM

  2. This is so freakin' cool! Thanks for sharing.

    Posted by: ruben | May 20, 2010 12:34:42 PM

  3. If you look closely, you can also see the faint trace of cloaked Klingon Bird of Prey slightly off the starboard side of the shuttle.

    I hope their shields were up...

    Posted by: Blake | May 20, 2010 12:41:38 PM

  4. @ BLAKE

    I disagree. Appears to me to be the faint contrails left by an Imperial Star Destroyer after entering hyperspace.

    Posted by: AERES | May 20, 2010 1:29:41 PM

  5. I would gauge that the little dot (the shuttle) in the second picture could probably be a near-accurate Earth-to-the-Sun comparison.

    Posted by: Rodney | May 20, 2010 2:24:35 PM

  6. Docking never looked so sciency.

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | May 20, 2010 2:38:26 PM

  7. This is absolutely amazing, Andy. Thank you for finding this.

    Posted by: Tom | May 20, 2010 3:06:56 PM

  8. lol Blake

    The photos are awesome though. Just wow.

    Posted by: sparks | May 20, 2010 6:44:58 PM

  9. So cool-thanks for posting!

    Posted by: Pete | May 21, 2010 3:41:27 PM

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