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A view of the International Space Station in orbit

A view of the International Space Station from space shuttle Atlantis

These images of the International Space Station (ISS) were taken from the space shuttle Atlantis as it made its departure from the Station in May, towards the conclusion of the STS-132 mission.

The STS-132 and ISS Expedition 23 crews concluded seven days of cooperative work onboard the shuttle and station. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 10:22am (US CDT) on May 23, 2010. Earth and the blackness of space provide the backdrop for these scenes.

Links to the full-size, high-resolution versions of these photos are at the bottom of this story.

A view of the International Space Station in orbit

The International Space Station sails over the blue oceans below

A view of the International Space Station in orbit

Looking straight down from shuttle Atlantis, to a cloud-studded ocean.

A view of the International Space Station in orbit

Now flying over dry mountains, the slightly different angle enables other parts of the Station to come into better view.

A view of the International Space Station in orbit

A final farewell from Atlantis, with the dwindling Station just visible to the left of the shuttle's tail.

Links to full-size, high-resolution versions of the images (will open in new windows):

  1. International Space Station image 1
  2. International Space Station image 2
  3. International Space Station image 3
  4. International Space Station image 4
  5. International Space Station image 5

Images courtesy NASA.

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  1. admin says:

    You’re welcome, Angie. I’m glad you’re enjoying the stories and photos.
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    Jonathan Nally
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  2. Angie says:

    Wow – what a magnificent group of photos – 2 great feats of engineering –

    Thanks for sharing.