Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Endeavour and the ISS

The ISS and the craft that built it.

Well, two weeks ago, I said I would be posting a picture when NASA finally released the photos snapped from a departing Russian Soyuz capsule that showed space shuttle Endeavour docked to the International Space Station. Well, this morning, guess what, NASA (finally) released the photos. Above is the best one of them all. Click on it for a larger version. By looking at the picture (which is foreshortened big-time) it is hard to believe that the space shuttles were the real workhorses of ISS construction. Without the shuttles, chances are, the ISS would still be in the process of being built. So, besides 3 decades of spaceflight and scientific accomplishments, every time you look up and see the light that is the ISS flying overhead, you are looking at the space shuttles' legacy.

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