Permanent Human Settlement of the Earth, Space and Ocean Frontiers

Monday, October 02, 2006

Shuttle to the Sun

Out of all the amazing photographs of space exploration, this one totally blew my socks off. This is a shot of the International Space Station and Space Shuttle Atlantis taken on September 17th, shot against the backdrop of the sun. The shuttle has just undocked and is located some 200 meters away from the station just as this shot was taken though a telescope near Normandy, France. The ground based telescope was looking up some 550 kilometers into space. If you look closely enough, you can actually see the sun’s surface granularity, or penumbral filaments. This image has been enlarged as much as I could get by with. To see the actual full-disk photograph, click here.