Incredibly detailed picture of the final launch of the Endeavour space schuttle. Astronomy Picture of the Day 5/18.
I totally missed Endeavour’s launch. I tried to keep track, but they had to keep postponing. Hey, as a consolation, there are many great pics!
And below is that amazing iphone pic Stefanie Gordon took aboard a plane.
Endeavour launched without a hitch and has successfully docked at the ISS!
Expedition 27 Soyuz Launch by nasa hq photo.
From the top: Russian Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko, NASA Flight Engineer Ron Garan, and Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev. It’s off to the International Space Station with you boys!
The International Space Station, with Discovery attached, crosses the sun. This amazing photo was taken by astrophotographer Alan Friedman.
The ISS is about the width and length of a football field and took 0.2 seconds to travel across the sun.
Another amazing shot from the International Space Station by Paolo Nespoli.
Discovery rockets into the blue sky above Launch Pad 39A after liftoff on the STS-133 mission in Feb. 25, 2011. Beneath Discovery’s three main engines are blue cones of light, known as shock or mach diamonds, which are a formation of shock waves in the exhaust plume of an aerospace propulsion system.
Wow. This just became my favorite pic of Discovery’s launch.
Watch the International Space Station assembly in 2 minutes, from the launch of the first segment in 1998 to today and beyond.
Watch the space station grow in this neat little vid. The ISS is a project of 5 space agencies: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency (ESA), the Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
I love these shots from the space station.
As Discovery approached the International Space Station, Paolo Nespoli (ISS astronaut) took this pic. The shadow belongs to the ISS and that’s the coast of Peru below. Discovery docked on Saturday.