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Atlantis over the Andes
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Taken from the ISS as the shuttle made it's final approach.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL

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.Marzena
05/23/10 7:26 PM GMT
The Andes look quite handsome hills, but Atlantis !!!!
She [after all not watercraft but spacecraft and Atlantis was a female name] looks gorgeous ...
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With all my love and respect, Marzena
.elektronist
05/24/10 3:58 PM GMT
Very interesting point of shoot. Thanks Phil.
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Be free - use Linux
.rriesop
05/24/10 9:56 PM GMT
neato!
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Please stop by my gallery and take a look at my take on God's creation.
.palral
05/25/10 3:20 PM GMT
Nice shot
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.macattack1964
05/25/10 3:23 PM GMT
nice shot phil-how does one get a shot like this?
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.robtrapp47
05/25/10 4:47 PM GMT
Soon Russia will pocket the keys to the ISS. Pity.
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Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.
.robtrapp47
05/25/10 4:48 PM GMT
Soon Russia will pocket the keys to the ISS. Pity.
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Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.
+philcUK
05/26/10 4:51 AM GMT
ted - one gets such a shot by delving through the various NASA media outlets - in this instance, the Human Spaceflight galleries.

Rob, the ISS is under joint control of several nations, once the Shuttle stops flying to it - ESA is committed to continue there 'space truck' automated supply vehicles and Russia will do the same as well as being solely responsible for crew transport. This has been the case though for most of the ISS's lifespan though with the shuttle serving mainly as transport for construction materials.That just makes it all the more laughable about how magnanimous Obama appeared to be by extending the stations lifetime. He has no authority to decide arbitrarily anything to do with the station without majority agreement from the other partner nations.

It's also worth noting that the Roscosmos has committed huge resources to the program and, were it not for them, the program itself would have been scrapped a long time ago because of the extended periods of inactivity in the shuttle program.
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