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(MSNBC)   The best photo of the space shuttle re-entering Earth's atmosphere as photographed from the International Space Station you'll see in...forever   (photoblog.msnbc.msn.com) divider line 56
    More: Cool, International Space Station, escape velocity, Earth, electrohydrodynamic thruster, orbital velocity, shuttle program, Atmosphere of Earth, leading edge  
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2011-07-21 03:55:43 PM  
Great shot!
 
2011-07-21 03:59:31 PM  
www.gamesprays.com
FOREVER!!!!
 
2011-07-21 04:15:15 PM  
That kicks so much ass.
 
2011-07-21 04:52:21 PM  
That'll save Lois for sure.

lh5.googleusercontent.com
 
2011-07-21 05:06:58 PM  
Incredibly poignant.

Thank you, Subby.

/...and thank you for not doing this as a Bad Astronomy link
 
2011-07-21 05:10:52 PM  
i.telegraph.co.uk
 
2011-07-21 05:23:22 PM  
Okay, that was cool.
 
2011-07-21 05:23:33 PM  
So, I'm curious...if you're on the ISS, how do you get back to earth now?
 
2011-07-21 05:25:24 PM  
Brainwash

So, I'm curious...if you're on the ISS, how do you get back to earth now?

Jump.
 
2011-07-21 05:26:45 PM  
Son of a biatch. Un farking real. Haven't felt the whole body tingle since I watched a night launch in person. Mind = blown. THIS is what humanity can achieve, if only we desire.
 
2011-07-21 05:28:08 PM  

Brainwash: So, I'm curious...if you're on the ISS, how do you get back to earth now?


They'll come back in a Soyuz capsule.
 
2011-07-21 05:30:21 PM  
Does anyone have a link to a higher res version?
 
2011-07-21 05:31:40 PM  
Brainwash
So, I'm curious...if you're on the ISS, how do you get back to earth now?


www.skydivingmuseum.org ?

/That or by the Russians and Soyuz capsules, I think.
 
2011-07-21 05:58:13 PM  
The best last photo of the space shuttle re-entering Earth's atmosphere as photographed from the International Space Station you'll see in...forever

FTFY
/sad
 
2011-07-21 06:00:45 PM  

Brainwash: So, I'm curious...if you're on the ISS, how do you get back to earth now?


Most sound stages have doors.
 
2011-07-21 06:04:47 PM  
Don't be sad that the shuttle program has ended. Be sad that we're so stupid that we don't even have anything to replace it with.
 
2011-07-21 06:15:52 PM  
Check out that heat dome.
 
2011-07-21 06:16:02 PM  
Trying to figure out what the pic actually shows. Obviously a time exposure, but of what... retro-fire? Actual re-entry? And if actual re-entry, why does Shuttle seem to be leading the Space Station, when it should be trailing behind it?

/probably a million ways the perspective and the orbital mechanics could be screwing with my head
 
2011-07-21 06:41:55 PM  

EddyKilowatt: Trying to figure out what the pic actually shows. Obviously a time exposure, but of what... retro-fire? Actual re-entry? And if actual re-entry, why does Shuttle seem to be leading the Space Station, when it should be trailing behind it?

/probably a million ways the perspective and the orbital mechanics could be screwing with my head


The lower the orbit, the faster the tangential velocity, therefore by the time the orbiter is reentering, it is going faster than ISS. Oddly enough, you have to slow down to get to a lower orbit, then slow down again a half orbit later to make it circular, after which you're actually going faster than you were originally.
 
2011-07-21 06:58:55 PM  

Herb_the_betta: EddyKilowatt: Trying to figure out what the pic actually shows. Obviously a time exposure, but of what... retro-fire? Actual re-entry? And if actual re-entry, why does Shuttle seem to be leading the Space Station, when it should be trailing behind it?

/probably a million ways the perspective and the orbital mechanics could be screwing with my head

The lower the orbit, the faster the tangential velocity, therefore by the time the orbiter is reentering, it is going faster than ISS. Oddly enough, you have to slow down to get to a lower orbit, then slow down again a half orbit later to make it circular, after which you're actually going faster than you were originally.


I was told there would be no astrodynamics.
 
2011-07-21 07:00:59 PM  
dilbert.com">

/hot like burning water
 
2011-07-21 07:18:15 PM  
back to the 7th century
 
2011-07-21 07:21:17 PM  

Brainwash: So, I'm curious...if you're on the ISS, how do you get back to earth now?


img.trekmovie.com
 
2011-07-21 07:28:28 PM  

Blargosaurus: Does anyone have a link to a higher res version?


Seconded.
 
X15
2011-07-21 07:32:33 PM  

VictoryCabal: Brainwash: So, I'm curious...if you're on the ISS, how do you get back to earth now?

They'll come back in a Soyuz capsule.


Which is how they got up there, and have been since 2003.
 
X15
2011-07-21 07:33:31 PM  

rfronk: Blargosaurus: Does anyone have a link to a higher res version?

Seconded.


http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_2014.html
 
2011-07-21 08:02:15 PM  

EddyKilowatt: Trying to figure out what the pic actually shows. Obviously a time exposure, but of what... retro-fire? Actual re-entry? And if actual re-entry, why does Shuttle seem to be leading the Space Station, when it should be trailing behind it?

/probably a million ways the perspective and the orbital mechanics could be screwing with my head


After undocking, the shuttle flies ahead of the ISS's in roughly the same orbit. Although as the shuttle slows down during its descent through the atmosphere, the ISS passed it, however the shuttle was still ahead when this timelapse photo was taken.

The glow is from the air in front of the Shuttle being compressed and heating up (PV=nRT for you physics people). The atmosphere band around the earth is glowing because its backlit by the about-to-rise sun.

/the slowing down through the atmosphere is why the ISS passed overhead about 5 mins before landing this morning.
 
2011-07-21 08:34:14 PM  
pretty boring picture
 
2011-07-21 08:48:59 PM  

Knarf: pretty boring picture


Those without imagination are often bored.
 
jht [TotalFark]
2011-07-21 09:05:07 PM  
Amazing. Sad there won't be another.
 
2011-07-21 09:15:17 PM  
As i'm too lazy, could somebody photoshop Mega Maid onto the atmosphere? The light makes it look like the air-shield.
 
2011-07-21 09:20:04 PM  

Pariah.: Knarf: pretty boring picture

Those without imagination are often bored.


I know, right? whoever took this picture had no imagination whatsoever :p

Seriously though, the shuttle is just a little smear of light. thats pretty lame. If it wernt it's last flight nobody would have even given a flying fark about the picture. I feel that NASA should have spent alot more money on cool photos of the shuttle re-entering the atmosphere. Then maybe we'd still have a shuttle program
 
2011-07-21 09:20:36 PM  

Brainwash: So, I'm curious...if you're on the ISS, how do you get back to earth now?


Walk off the soundstage.
 
2011-07-21 09:23:14 PM  

Nexzus: Brainwash: So, I'm curious...if you're on the ISS, how do you get back to earth now?

[img.trekmovie.com image 479x201]


img.trekmovie.com
flap flap flap flap flap flap flap flap flap flap flap flap flap flap flap flap flap flap
 
2011-07-21 10:07:04 PM  
The Shuttle program was really outdated, and it was time to retire the small fleet. What really makes this sad is we do not have a new or better program to replace it. NASA laid off hundreds of people today.
 
2011-07-21 10:38:42 PM  

Knarf: If it wernt it's last flight nobody would have even given a flying fark about the picture.



Well, I can't speak for nobody, but for me and a number of people I know, we would find this picture incredible no matter what mission it was taken on. I seek out pictures like this, and I've never seen one like it. It is on par with Voyager's Pale Blue Dot

upload.wikimedia.org

and The Phoenix Lander's decent to Mars from the MRO.

images.spaceref.com
 
2011-07-21 10:59:13 PM  
Sometimes words just can't do a photo justice. This is one of those times.
 
2011-07-21 11:31:50 PM  

Brainwash: So, I'm curious...if you're on the ISS, how do you get back to earth now?


img.phombo.com
 
2011-07-21 11:57:29 PM  
I heard Jim Phillips yesterday say it would be a great gag if all the people involved in the landing today would dress in ape costumes, and pretend the apes really did take over. That would seriously mess with some astronaut minds.
 
2011-07-22 12:05:49 AM  
Is that a time lapse? Or is the plasma trail of re-entry visible for more than an instant, like jet contrails?
If it was video, would that just be a moving bright dot, or would we still see the streak coming off the orbiter?

Amazing picture either way.
And on that final flight, the astronauts rode off into the Earthrise.
 
2011-07-22 12:22:22 AM  
Fuzzy, and the horizon is tilted. Not even good.
 
2011-07-22 12:28:27 AM  

Saturn5: Is that a time lapse? Or is the plasma trail of re-entry visible for more than an instant, like jet contrails?


Slow shutter speed most likely.
 
2011-07-22 12:31:44 AM  
FTFA

"The space shuttle Atlantis, appearing like a bean sprout..."

Sheer poetry. Brought a tear to my eye.
 
2011-07-22 01:04:53 AM  
This generation can't even rebuild some skyscrapers after 11 years.

Corporate profits and tax cuts are more important -- just look at all the jobs created by 10 years of tax cuts. Every quarter there's higher profits and more layoffs. LOL WUT?

Investing in new technologies, educating our kids to fill those new industries so they can in turn participate in the economy pay their fair share of taxes for nice things like infrastructure is for suckers.

The wealthy must be fed first.
 
2011-07-22 05:19:53 AM  

Standard Deviant: Check out that heat dome.


That's what she said
 
2011-07-22 06:33:41 AM  

EddyKilowatt: Trying to figure out what the pic actually shows. Obviously a time exposure, but of what... retro-fire? Actual re-entry? And if actual re-entry, why does Shuttle seem to be leading the Space Station, when it should be trailing behind it?


It is the actual reentry trail but it's not really a long time exposure; there's not too much blur on the clouds in the foreground. It's probably more in the neighborhood of 1/30 sec or so. Here is a video (pops) of the reentry showing that the trail is actually quite persistent.
 
2011-07-22 07:15:29 AM  
Are we sure that's not a mislabeled launch photo? The lower portion is really vertical for something that crossed from Cancun to Florida in the last 5 minutes of flight.
 
2011-07-22 10:09:15 AM  

lohphat: This generation can't even rebuild some skyscrapers after 11 years.


By "this generation" I hope you mean the boomers, they're the ones running things at the moment.
 
2011-07-22 02:06:39 PM  

Embden.Meyerhof: Knarf: If it wernt it's last flight nobody would have even given a flying fark about the picture.


Well, I can't speak for nobody, but for me and a number of people I know, we would find this picture incredible no matter what mission it was taken on. I seek out pictures like this, and I've never seen one like it. It is on par with Voyager's Pale Blue Dot

[upload.wikimedia.org image 400x452]



Nice!


I had also hoped that the Shuttle would have been overloaded and left at the ISS. and have our folks come home via Soyuz. Simply having the storage and power supplies as well as the Canadarm (an amazing chunk of tech that our friends in the North developed and do not get an appropriate level of credit for) as an available tool MUST have some more value than a museum piece.

Although there was an article that stated that Atlantis did insert one small payload upon leaving. I wonder what that was.

 
2011-07-22 02:27:11 PM  

ritalinchild 54: I had also hoped that the Shuttle would have been overloaded and left at the ISS. and have our folks come home via Soyuz. Simply having the storage and power supplies as well as the Canadarm (an amazing chunk of tech that our friends in the North developed and do not get an appropriate level of credit for) as an available tool MUST have some more value than a museum piece.


That'd be pretty cool, but I can't help but wonder if attaching such a massive object to the ISS indefinitely, w/o reorienting it somehow, would decay its orbit faster.
 
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