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Space Shuttle Enterprise From Above

Space Shuttle Enterprise From Above
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Image by nickmilleruk
View of the Nasa Space Shuttle Enterprise taken from a raised platform at the Air and Space Museum in Dulles, Virginia (Washington)

Space Shuttle Discovery – Into the Clouds – Mission STS-120 – 10.23.2007
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Image by 1Sock
From NASA’s website:
STS-120 was the 23rd shuttle mission to the International Space Station, and launched an Italian-built U.S. multi-port module for the station.

Retired Air Force Col. Pamela A. Melroy commanded the STS-120 mission which took the Harmony Node 2 connecting module to the station. Melroy, a veteran shuttle pilot, was the second woman to command a shuttle. Marine Corps Col. George D. Zamka served as pilot. The flight’s mission specialists were Scott E. Parazynski, Army Col. Douglas H. Wheelock, Stephanie D. Wilson and Paolo A. Nespoli, a European Space Agency astronaut from Italy. Zamka, Wheelock and Nespoli were making their first spaceflight.

Expedition 15/16 Flight Engineer Clayton Anderson returned to Earth from the space station aboard shuttle mission STS-120. That flight carried his replacement, Daniel Tani, to the station.

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2011-03-07 – 7:00pm – Space Shuttle Discovery passing in front of the moon, with the International Space Station following
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Image by Ken_Lord
Seen from Pitt Meadows BC.

Travel direction is from the lower right to the upper left. ISS is in the lower right. This was the last flight of shuttle Discovery.

Apologies for the poor focusing and bad vibrations. 2.5 second exposure, ISO800, F5.6, 80mm

On this night, I had heard that the ISS and Space Shuttle Discovery would be visible from my location, and that it would be the last chance to see Discovery as this was it’s final flight.

When I got home from work I checked with the Heaven’s Above website and realized I only had 5 minutes until they were to pass overhead!

So I grabbed my camera and tripod and raced out to my backyard, frantically setting up the tripod. , to my Wife’s annoyance as I should have been feeding dinner to my toddler.

I soon saw the ISS coming from the north-west, and realized much to my surprise that it would pass in front of the moon! So I took a couple shots to try and get the camera settings close. Unfortunately me and my tripod were a bit shakey, I didn’t have a remote shutter release, so the exposures are jiggly.

This shot was actually a test shot. By eye, I could not actually see Discovery. It was pure luck that I caught it in front of the moon with the ISS following. As they continued across the sky, the lighting conditions improved, getting away from the twilight and Vancouver’s light pollution, Discovery then became visible by eye.

This jiggly shot shows the ISS in front of the moon:

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Spacewalking Over Earth (NASA, Space Shuttle, 05/17/10)

Spacewalking Over Earth (NASA, Space Shuttle, 05/17/10)
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Image by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
Editor’s Note: This was just too good not to share. This is REALLY working "outdoors." Special thanks to the folks at Johnson Space Center for this gorgeous image. Please visit their link below.

NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman, STS-132 mission specialist, participates in the mission’s first session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. During the seven-hour, 25-minute spacewalk, Reisman and NASA astronaut Steve Bowen (out of frame), mission specialist, loosened bolts holding six replacement batteries, installed a second antenna for high-speed Ku-band transmissions and adding a spare parts platform to Dextre, a two-armed extension for the station’s robotic arm.

Image/caption credit: NASA

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ISS and Shuttle Endeavour
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Image by quantestorie
ISS and Shuttle Endeavour – STS127 passing by…

Inside the Cockpit of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft 747 (NASA, Space Shuttle, 6/2/09)
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Image by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
From the Shuttle Ferry Blog:

"All together we’ve got four NASA pilots flying the SCA 747 this time; Charlie Justiz, Frank Marlow, Jack Nickel and SCA Chief Pilot, Jeff Moultrie. These guys are former military aviators and are based out of Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. (We also have one more SCA pilot, Bill Brocket, who’s based out of Dryden. He wasn’t able to make this trip.) Together, these four have logged a whole lot of hours of flight time in everything from shuttle training planes to T-38 jets to the Super Guppy. They definitely know what they’re doing.

I found out that the number of SCA refueling stops, like this one at Lackland, depends on the weight of the orbiter on top and the weather along the way, but the carrier must stop to refuel at least once on its trip to Kennedy. During a normal flight, the 747 can use 20,000 pounds of fuel an hour. With Atlantis on its back, the SCA uses twice as much!"

Image credit: NASA

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