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I Can't Think of a More Beautiful Image of the Shuttle, Earth and the ISS

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This panoramic image is one of the most stunning shots I've ever seen from low Earth orbit. Treasure this photo: It's the last time you're going to see the Space Shuttle with the aurora australis—the southern lights—as a backdrop.

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Taken on July 14 from the International Space Station, the composition is just gorgeous. The magically illuminated Atlantis, the robotic arm and the station's radiators all converging towards Earth, with the aurora taking all over the background. I love the green lights on the station itself. It makes the whole thing look like it's from the future. And it is. [NASA Goddard Pictures]

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IceMetalPunk
IceMetalPunk

It's so cool to see the aurora from above/the side. It's amazing to see how high off the surface it is. I love it :) .

The ISS and Atlantis don't need to be in the shot, though. Or if they are, framing could be better. But the aurora is what does it for me :) .

-IMP ;) :)