Space Shuttle and ISS Cross the Sun

French astronomer Thierry Legault has taken some amazing images of the Space Shuttle crossing the Sun whilst docked with the International Space Station.

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The ISS is travelling at 25000 kmh and took just 0.7 seconds to cross the Sun. He started taking four pictures a second, two seconds before it was due to cross the Sun. Distance to the ISS – 500km, distance to the Sun – 150000000km.

Some more pictures he took in May this year of the Space Shuttle crossing the Sun…
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NASA TV: Live from Space Shuttle and ISS

To mark the 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing, we have NASA TV, live from Space Shuttle Endeavor (STS-127).


Click to play. All the usual controls; full screen, mute, volume, pause…

It will be docking live with the International Space Station, and the crew will be moonwalking performing five spacewalks and complete construction of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory.
At the time of the 40th anniversary they will be playing back the audio from the Apollo 11 mission in full and in real-time.

Note that it doesn’t have audio all the time. Those silent exterior shots of the Earth rotating slowly are just crying out for some ambient music. Briano Eno – Apollo?

Works well in full screen…