Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Amateur Astronomer Picture

Rob Bullen, an amateur astronomer in England took this shot of the space shuttled nearing the International Space Station on its resupply mission which began last week. The shuttle is carrying supplies, new instruments and a human-like robot designed to do day-to-day tasks aboard the ISS. Bullen took the shot with a nine inch telescope in his backyard on a somewhat cloudy evening Monday night. This is the second to last mission from the shuttle department of NASA, which we shut down after its last launch which is currently slated for April. To note, the shuttle and station are orbiting the earth at thousands of miles per hour and manipulating the docking instruments on a scale of inches or centimeters. That is skillfully done, we can assume.
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