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Space Station Over the Ionian Sea

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Space Station Over the Ionian Sea


Last August, the Space Shuttle Endeavour crew
captured this shot of the International Space Station (ISS)
against the backdrop of Planet Earth.

During that trip to the
ISS, the
space shuttle
crew re-supplied the station, repaired the station, and even
built more of the station.

Its primary mission complete, the crew took the
premier spaceship
on a tour around the
premier space

Pictured during this inspection
tour, the ISS is visible in front the
Ionian Sea.

The boot of
Italy is visible on the
left, while the western coastlines of
Greece and
stretch across the top.

The dorsal fin of
the upside-down shuttle orbiter pokes into the very
top of the image.

The Space Shuttle Discovery subsequently
visited the ISS in October while the next
shuttle mission to the ISS is
scheduled for next week.

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