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Amazing photo of the MIR space station against the immensity of Earth

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Surprisingly enough for a space junkie like me, I've never seen this image of the MIR—the Soviet space station that was destroyed on reentry on 2001 after 5,519 days in orbit. The photo was taken from the space shuttle Atlantis on the mission STS-71, docked in the photo below.

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Illustration for article titled Amazing photo of the MIR space station against the immensity of Earth

What an amazing view.


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Who took the second photo? Seems like a long way to be from the shuttle on an EVA.