NASA shows first pics of shuttle docked to space station
New photos released by NASA are the first to show a space shuttle docked to the International Space Station.
June 8th, 2011
11:43 AM ET

NASA shows first pics of shuttle docked to space station

Newly released pictures from NASA are the first that show a shuttle docked to the International Space Station.

The decidedly risky photo session, which shows space shuttle Endeavour docking in its final days in orbit, was performed by Soyuz TMZ-20 crewmember Paolo Nespoli, who counts photography as a hobby, according to his NASA bio.

The photos were taken two weeks ago from the vantage point of the Soyuz, a manned spaceflight combining the resources of the European Space Agency, NASA and its Russian counterpart, Roscosmos.

In addition to Nespoli, aboard the Soyuz were members of Expedition 27, Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, who made news last month when she sent an email from space for Mother's Day.

See more pictures of the International Space Station on NASA’s website.

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  1. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    I am €Engleberthumperdink¥£. The world is a space ship, and I am its boost.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jason


    June 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grumpster

      Yes...go get your tinfoil hat for protection.

      June 28, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    Now jason, your post is too long and tedious. I lost interest after the 7th letter, son.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Doutch

    George Lucas faked that photo on his lunch break.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    Now Doutch, your post is too long. I lost interest after the 7th word, son.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Albert Lavigne

      and we care why?

      June 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Nobody cares but five time Emmy award winning "local cat lady" Nancy Grace and America's stay-at-home-mom population.

      June 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    @ACP: And then?

    June 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CSnSC

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    June 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark

    I wonder if they considered leaving one of the shuttles docked now that they will not be used anymore (returning in a Russian capsule). Perhaps it would provide "free" expansion to the station, and perhaps an additional emergency escape vehicle.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott

      does it have a second outer hatch?

      June 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grumpster

      That's actually a reasonable idea. Leave it there – it wouldn't deteriorate and could serve some purposes as either an escape vehicle, tourist destination for Bill Gates, or bring up a jacuzzi and make it a party room.

      June 28, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • TechBoi81

      Shuttles were never designed for long-duration missions. The extra volume created by the shuttle's cabin would cause the ISS's air supply (no pun intended) to run low quicker than expected. It's an ok idea, but not "doable".

      June 29, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. marperl

    "Shuttle Hijacked, Bound for the Moon"

    Actually, the entire recent shuttle landing was a computer-animated fabrication!

    What is NASA hiding?

    This: The Endeavour was hijacked. The incident took place while the shuttle was parked at the ISS where two disgruntled ex-NASA employees had stowed aboard the craft and waited for the right moment to commandeer it (to reportedly make a point about President Obama’s space policies).

    The developing story is at the whimsical Thinking Out Loud,

    June 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. justntime

    I wish the photograph actually showed details but, the gov hates forensic photography critiques. Lunar landing...just another hoax.

    June 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar The Chorizo Champ of Chihuahua

    Me too justntime

    June 9, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ryan

    Geez – the shuttle looks like it is nearly 3/4 the size of the whole space station!?

    And you guys dont really believe all that hoaxed, photoshop baloney do you? Certainly you must be kidding right? No one that was really that paranoid, gullible and rediculous would even be able to get online due to the fear of being watched & recorded, let alone able to figure out how to work the computer!?!

    June 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Albert Lavigne

    Be careful, not only is the moon landing and the space shuttle program a hoax, but so is Disney, when you go there, your not really having fun, it's all just your imagination......

    June 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hyperbola

    Not a single star in the sky...
    Hence this is NOT photoshopped !!!
    Photoshoppers would have tried to add a few stars

    July 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
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