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July 28, 2005 – Prior to docking with the International Space Station, the Space Shuttle Discovery performs maneuvers so that the crew on the ISS can take photographs for inspection.

July 28, 2005 – Prior to docking with the International Space Station, the Space Shuttle Discovery performs maneuvers so that the crew on the ISS can take photographs for inspection.

From the International Space Station: Looking at thousands of years of human history

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From the International Space Station: Looking at thousands of years of human history

July 11, 1979: America's First space station, Skylab (unmanned launch of space station), is destroyed as it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere over the Indian Ocean.

July 11, 1979: America's First space station, Skylab (unmanned launch of space station), is destroyed as it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere over the Indian Ocean.

Released to Public: Space Shuttle Discovery by Kim Shiflett (NASA KSC-06PD-2441) by pingnews.com

Released to Public: Space Shuttle Discovery by Kim Shiflett (NASA KSC-06PD-2441) by pingnews.com

The Beautiful Space Shuttle Blooms Inside a Cloud by Stuck in Customs on Flickr. "The launch of the space shuttle Endeavor taken on May 16, 2011."

The Beautiful Space Shuttle Blooms Inside a Cloud by Stuck in Customs on Flickr. "The launch of the space shuttle Endeavor taken on May 16, 2011."

Sideways Over Australia at Night (NASA, International Space Station, 09:15:11) by NASA Goddard Photo and Video, via Flickr

Sideways Over Australia at Night (NASA, International Space Station, 09:15:11) by NASA Goddard Photo and Video, via Flickr

AERCam in the Payload Bay  This view shows the Autonomous Extravehicular Activity Robotic Camera Sprint (AERCam Sprint) in the payload bay of the Earth-orbiting space shuttle Columbia during the STS-87 mission. The AERCam Sprint was a prototype free-flying television camera that could be used for remote inspections of the exterior of the International Space Station.

AERCam in the Payload Bay This view shows the Autonomous Extravehicular Activity Robotic Camera Sprint (AERCam Sprint) in the payload bay of the Earth-orbiting space shuttle Columbia during the STS-87 mission. The AERCam Sprint was a prototype free-flying television camera that could be used for remote inspections of the exterior of the International Space Station.

Sun Rising on the Final Shuttle Mission by NASA Goddard Photo and Video, via Flickr

Sun Rising on the Final Shuttle Mission by NASA Goddard Photo and Video, via Flickr

Glowing Mission    An orbital maneuvering system (OMS) engine firing caused this bright glow at the aft end of the shuttle Challenger during STS-7. Also visible in the open payload bay are parts of the Shuttle pallet satellite, the experiment package for NASA’s Office of Space and Terrestrial Applications, the protective cradles for the Indonesian Palapa-B and Telesat Canada Anik C2 satellites, some getaway special canisters and the Canadian-built remote manipulator system. Only a small port

Glowing Mission An orbital maneuvering system (OMS) engine firing caused this bright glow at the aft end of the shuttle Challenger during STS-7. Also visible in the open payload bay are parts of the Shuttle pallet satellite, the experiment package for NASA’s Office of Space and Terrestrial Applications, the protective cradles for the Indonesian Palapa-B and Telesat Canada Anik C2 satellites, some getaway special canisters and the Canadian-built remote manipulator system. Only a small port