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Flickr - The View in Space

This iconic image, which made it to the front of yesterday's Times, was taken by Flickr user and astronaut Paolo Nespoli (magisstra). He used a Nikon D3-X which regrettably, once the memory card had been removed, had to be jettisoned with the orbital module and burnt up in space. The image was taken on 23rd May but Paolo left the card in the Soyuz and it could not be retrieved untl the Soyuz had been shipped back to base. The image is remarkable because it is the first ever of the ISS soaring 220 miles above the Earth in orbit showing a Shuttle docked. It will also be the last as such an image will not be possible when the final shuttle mission Atlantis (which leaves next month) vacates the ISS at the end of its mission.

Paolo, you will recall, is the amazing Italian astronaut who shared almost every day of his months in space with us by posting his incredible images on Flickr and Twitter. He gave us a once in a lifetime view of his wonderful experience both inside and outside the Space Station. No doubt he felt privileged to be there and I can tell you that I felt privileged to share that journey with him. Paolo, on behalf of myself and many thousands of others, I thank you and salute you. Welcome home.

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and the image as it should be viewed..

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Taken on June 10, 2011