April 6, 2009

Flying Around the International Space Station

An interesting video from NASA. The recent space shuttle mission STS-119 (Discovery) did a fly around of the International Space Station (ISS) after departure. The shuttle flies in an arc 180° around the ISS giving a unique view to both the space station and planet Earth. The video, which has been sped up, is a good reminder that in space there is no up or down. Also, if you watch carefully, you'll see two of the solar panels spin around on their axis by about 180°.

Remember folks, if you have a spare $20 million lying around, you too can fly up to the ISS for an out-of-this-world vacation (not sorry for the pun ;) ). NASA can surely use the money, so start saving your pennies today! ;)

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