The most amazing thing I have ever seen in space

Space Station Commander Captures Unprecedented View of Comet

Ιnternational Space Station Commander Dan Burbank captured spectacular imagery of Comet Lovejoy as seen from about 240 miles above the Earth’s horizon on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Today Burbank described seeing the comet two nights ago as “the most amazing thing I have ever seen in space,” in an interview with WDIV-TV in Detroit. Last night he captured hundreds of still images of the comet.


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Soyuz Docks to International Space Station


The Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Dan Burbank and cosmonauts and fellow Expedition 29/30 members Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin hooks up with the International Space Station two days after their liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.


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Read also: Expedition 29 launched amid snowy conditions from Kazakhstan

A new chapter for NASA

NASA Hitches a Ride on a Russian Craft, and Begins a New Dependent Phase

An American, Daniel C. Burbank, right, and two Russians, Anton N. Shkaplerov, center, and Anatoly A. Ivanishin, are to depart on Monday morning.

A Russian Soyuz rocket with three astronauts — two Russians, one American — is set to lift off from Kazakhstan on Monday morning, ferrying the men to the International Space Station.
Ordinarily, the launching of a Soyuz, Russia’s workhorse rocket for decades, is a mundane event. But this time the future of the space station — and, indeed, the space programs of Russia and the United States — may be riding on the mission’s success. There are now three crew members living on the space station, and they are scheduled to return to Earth this month; if the three relief astronauts do not arrive before then, the space station will be empty for the first time in more than a decade.

The flight is also the beginning of a new chapter for NASA, which ended its space shuttle program in July and is now turning to foreign governments and commercial enterprises for space transportation. Monday’s launching will be the first trip by astronauts to orbit since the retirement of the shuttles……
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com

Space Station Sees Hurricane Irene


Cameras mounted on the International Space Station captured new views of Hurricane Irene at 4:27 p.m. EDT on August 26, 2011 as the storm bore down on the east coast of the United States. Accompanied by narration from Expedition 28 Flight Engineer Mike Fossum of NASA, the video showed the massive system moving north at 14 miles an hour packing winds of 100 miles an hour some 300 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
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Photos: Space Shuttle Leaves Space Station for Last Time

Atlantis Docked to the International Space Station with Robotic Arm Deployed

Atlantis and the Earth

Atlantis After Undocking by Astronaut Ron Garan

This never-before-seen view of the International Space Station shows the orbiting lab as it appeared to astronauts on the shuttle Atlantis after the two spacecraft undocked for the final time on July 19, 2011 during NASA's final shuttle mission. The station rotated 90 degrees after undocking in an unprecedented manuever to provide better views to the shuttle crew.

Shuttle Atlantis Undocks from Space Station for Last Time

Atlantis After Undocking with ISS Solar Arrays in Foreground

The International Space Station as Seen Through an Atlantis Porthole

The International Space Station as Seen from Shuttle Atlantis After Undocking

The International Space Station turns slowly to provide a side-view to the shuttle Atlantis after the two spaceships undocked on July 19, 2011 during NASA's final shuttle mission

Rare Space Station Side-View

Seeing Half of Shuttle Atlantis

Atlantis as Seen Through the International Space Station's Cupola

 

This image of the International Space Station was taken by Atlantis' STS-135 crew during a fly around as the shuttle departed the station on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. STS-135 is the final shuttle mission to the orbital laboratory

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