This Photograph of the Shuttle Entering Earth Is Simply Unbelievable

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When I first saw this image just released by NASA I just couldn't believe my eyes. It shows Atlantis re-entering the Earth's atmosphere from the International Space Station, leaving a trail of fire behind it. As NASA describes it:

This unprecedented view of the space shuttle Atlantis, appearing like a bean sprout against clouds and city lights, on its way home, was photographed by the Expedition 28 crew of the International Space Station. Airglow over Earth can be seen in the background.

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By far, this is the most amazing shot I've ever seen of the shuttle. Absolutely crazy. Now I'm even sadder to see it go. [NASA]

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This has to be mislabeled. This is the shuttle entering space.... There can't be a timed exposure on ISS.... It's moving too fast. So the grey line has to be rocket exhaust, and the "fire" has to be the shuttle engines finishing off it's burn.