Shuttle re-entry seen from space!

ISS photo of space shuttle Atlantis re-entering Earth's atmosphere

The glowing wake of space shuttle Atlantis as she re-entered the atmosphere for the final time.

THESE AMAZINGS VIEWS of the space shuttle Atlantis—looking like the track of a firefly against clouds and city lights—on its way home, were snapped by the Expedition 28 crew aboard the International Space Station. Airglow over Earth can be seen in the background.

ISS photo of space shuttle Atlantis re-entering Earth's atmosphere

Another view of Atlantis' re-entry.

ISS photo of space shuttle Atlantis re-entering Earth's atmosphere

Atlantis disappears over the horizon.

Adapted from information issued by NASA.

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  1. Chris Nally says:

    Fantastic imaagery, I will never forget seeing the very 1st Shuttle launch from about 2-8 klm away. The heavens opened and the light from the Orbiters engines blazed a huge trail across the sky. I shall miss this. , Now lets get on with JUNO and then a manned craft

  2. blackcats says:

    Stunning pics,hope America can get there next generation of shuttle under way.

  3. dean manton says:

    Hey yeah, same as Joey caught interview on Sky. This is a seriously quality website. This pic will forever be etched in NASA Shuttle history. Quite breathtaking really!

  4. Jonathan Nally says:

    Thanks Joey, they are fantastic images, aren’t they?
    I’m glad you like the site — please spread the word! 🙂
    Cheers,
    Jonathan

  5. Joey says:

    Awesome pics, this is why I love everything about astronomy. Only heard about this website from the interview you had with Sky News Australia. My only regret is that I didn’t hear about it sooner!