Saturday, July 30, 2011

Shuttle Discovery over the Americas

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“Photographs from the Space Shuttle are punctuated snapshots of distinct places on Earth,”
says Cindy Evans, an Earth scientist and long-time trainer and ground-based guide to astronauts.
“They are framed by a human eye and perspective, and they are accessible to anyone. These images speak to people. ”


The summer of 2011 has been a time of nostalgia and blessings-counting for much of the NASA family.
The final flight of the Space Shuttle program has us remembering many triumphs, fallen heroes, and signature moments.

It also has us thinking about the next giant leaps for humanity and for Earth science.
In the meantime, there is an actual mission going on, which you can follow here.

In this astronaut photograph, the Space Shuttle Atlantis approaches the International Space Station for docking for the last time on July 10, 2011.
Part of a Russian Progress spacecraft, also docked to the station, pokes into the upper foreground.
Beneath them all lie the teal-colored shallows around the Bahamas.

NASA's Shuttle Discovery (STS131), while docked to the ISS,
captured these images on April 16, 2010.
The sequence begins as the Shuttle emerges from darkness over the Canadian Rockies, traversing the United States southeast towards Florida.
The Bahamas and Hispaniola are seen as the Shuttle continues over Venezuela, Brazil and finally the southern Atlantic ocean before returning to darkness.

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