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Shuttle and ISS, Together Again for the First Time

A photo 12 years in the making

Photo: NASA

Maybe the most amazing thing about this photo is that it took 12 years of docked operations before someone got a picture of the space shuttle attached to the International Space Station. But here it is. Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli captured this view on May 23 from the departing Soyuz spacecraft. Click on the photo twice to see it full-size, or see more photos courtesy of the European Space Agency.

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