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STS-133 Space Shuttle Discovery + ISS Double Flyover | by Kevin Baird
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STS-133 Space Shuttle Discovery + ISS Double Flyover

In less than 12 hours, Discovery will have landed and will never fly in space again. So my 7yo son and I went to watch it. This photo is a composite image of the double flyover of Space Shuttle Discovery (right streak), as the shuttle had undocked from International Space Station (left streak) yesterday, and is flying on a different trajectory.


These are two 100+ second exposures with about 20 or 30 seconds in between (hence the gap in the star trails), which have been stacked in Photoshop. I did that because a single 4 or 5 minute exposure would have been washed out by the light pollution.


This view is from Scripps Ranch, in San Diego, looking northwest. It was a late flyover, so they quickly entered Earth's shadow and faded from view. The freeway is I-15, and the peak on the right is Black Mountain.



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Taken on March 8, 2011