I've seen the shuttle pulling a Moonraker with NASA's modified 747 mothership before—like in this spectacular zenithal shot of Endeavour—but it never ceases to amaze me to see the two of them taking off.
Astronauts are risking their lives, fixing the Hubble telescope right now. It's attached to the bay of the Atlantis, all big and shiny. You can see them working inside its guts here.
The Boston Globe's Big Picture blog continues its incredible coverage of all things wonderful to look at today with a spread relating to the space shuttle Atlantis and the Hubble Space Telescope. Atlantis is scheduled to launch on October 8, equipped with all manner of instruments, batteries and gyroscopes for Hubble.…