Click to enlargeExpedition 22 Shuttle Silhouette Photo

Buy this Expedition 22 Shuttle Silhouette on Horizon space photo. High quality Space Station picture, slide, or Duratrans backlit transparency. NASA photograph ISS022-E-062673. Wide variety of sizes. Click to see selection as Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) - February 16, 2010

Though astronauts and cosmonauts often encounter striking scenes of Earth's limb, this very unique image, part of a series over Earth's colorful horizon, has the added feature of a silhouette of the space shuttle Endeavour.

The image was photographed by an Expedition 22 crew member prior to STS-130 rendezvous and docking operations with the International Space Station. Docking occurred at 11:06 p.m. (CST) on Feb. 9, 2010.

The orbital outpost was at 46.9 south latitude and 80.5 west longitude, over the South Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern Chile with an altitude of 183 nautical miles when the image was recorded.

The orange layer is the troposphere, where all of the weather and clouds which we typically watch and experience are generated and contained. This orange layer gives way to the whitish Stratosphere and then into the Mesosphere. In some frames the black color is part of a window frame rather than the blackness of space.

Date Taken: February 9, 2010
Credits: JSC NASA


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