ISS star trails / Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Don Pettit, 2012
Beautiful long-exposure shots taken from the ISS by Don Pettit.
Also make sure you check out the rest of the stuff uploaded to Flickr by NASA_JSC_Photo, there are some amazing shots of all things space-related on there, and most are free to download at massive resolution.
Found via ISO50
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.
Endeavour lifts off / STS-134, May 16 2011
Space Shuttle Endeavour has launched on her final journey, taking the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and an ExPRESS Logistics Carrier to the International Space Station.
Atlantis is set to fly in July, on the final mission of the shuttle program.
NASA STS-133 / Launch targeted for 16:50 EST, Feb 24 2011
After technical delays cancelled the mission back in November, Space Shuttle Discovery is due to launch tomorrow in Florida, on mission STS-133 to the International Space Station. It will be Discovery’s 39th and final flight, after 27 years of service.
STS-131 / Launch 5 April 2010, 6:21am EDT
Space Shuttle Discovery launched as planned this morning to visit the ISS on mission STS-131. She will deliver a multi-purpose logistics module, full of science equipment for the Station’s laboratories. The crew will also perform 3 spacewalks to service and upgrade parts of the ISS.
Only 3 more Shuttle missions are planned following STS-131.
The International Space Station / Exploded diagram