This image of the International Space Station and the docked space shuttle Endeavour, flying at an altitude of approximately 220 miles, was taken by Expedition 27 crew member Paolo Nespoli from the Soyuz TMA-20 following its undocking on May 23, 2011 (USA time). The pictures are the first taken of a shuttle docked to the International Space Station from the perspective of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Onboard the Soyuz were Russian cosmonaut and Expedition 27 commander Dmitry Kondratyev; Nespoli, a European Space Agency astronaut; and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman. Coleman and Nespoli were both flight engineers. The three landed in Kazakhstan later that day, completing 159 days in space.
ISS01-S-006 (31 October 2000) —- A Soyuz spacecraft lifts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 10:53 a.m. Kazakhstan time. Onboard were Expedition One commander William M. (Bill) Shepherd, Soyuz commander Yuri P. Gidzenko and Sergei K. Krikalev, flight engineer.
The space shuttle Endeavour is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 22 crew member on the International Space Station soon after the shuttle and station began their post-undocking relative separation. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 7:54 p.m. (EST) on Feb. 19, 2010. Also pictured are the newly-installed Tranquility node and Cupola (top foreground); along with the Canadarm2 and the Japanese Kibo complex. Earth’s horizon and the blackness of space provide the backdrop for the scene.
If I ever tire of images of images of real-life spaceships and space stations, check my pulse because I am dead.
NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg is a self proclaimed crafter. A week ago she made a stuffed dinosaur from scraps on the space station. The little T-rex is made form the lining of Russian food containers and the toy is stuffed with scraps from an old T-shirt. While many toys have flown into space, this is the first produced in space.
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Reentry.