Space Shuttle Endeavour docked to the International Space Station / Paolo Nespoli, May 2011
These incredible images have been everywhere on the net today, and for good reason. This is the first time the Space Shuttle has ever been photographed whilst docked to the International Space Station, from the perspective of another craft. Such an iconic image marks a bittersweet end to the Shuttle’s 30 year history.
Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli took the photos from a Soyuz capsule as he left the ISS to return to Earth. Check out his widely-acclaimed Flickr page for some other astonishing images. See the full collection of the Endeavour pics at this NASA gallery, where you can also download the high-res files.
In other space-related news, I just got hold of the latest Eureka (issue 21). It’s a space special and it is bloody brilliant. Can’t find any pics online but I might take some snaps of my favourite spreads and post them up soon. As always there are some truly excellent infographics.