STS-125 Atlantis Solar Transit (200905120001HQ) (explored)

The NASA space shuttle Atlantis is seen in silhouette, in the lower right of this solar transit image made, Tuesday, May 12, 2009, from Florida. This image was made before Atlantis and the crew of STS-125 had grappled the Hubble Space Telescope. Photo Credit: (NASA/Thierry Legault)


Thierry made this image using a solar-filtered Takahashi 5-inch refracting telescope and a Canon 5D Mark II digital camera. Photo Credit: (NASA/Thierry Legault)


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  • Sam Christopher Cornwell | Scott Seymour 6y

    v1viper I read Olympus and immediately assumed 'bog standard'

    Apologies :p
  • Sam Christopher Cornwell | Scott Seymour 6y

    take a lookie here

    For pictures of the entire mission. Very impressive.
  • anslatadams 6y

    LOL!! Even when you people have positive proof that the universe is bigger than you can imagine, you still don't want to believe it?? Get your heads out of the sand! LOL!
  • (deaf mute) 6y

    anslatadams What? I don't think any of us are denying the vastness of the universe. We're just interested in how this photograph came to be taken and are joking about how it could be faked.
  • (deaf mute) 6y

    ArchedRoof Some of those photos are amazing. A great advert for Nikon, for sure. :)
    The space-walking ones give a whole new meaning to the phrase "shooting tethered". :)
  • reevestpdx 6y

    That is a great photo set at I especially liked the two timers below the shuttle cockpit's lower left window on #17. They look just like the one my wife keeps in the kitchen!
  • Sam Christopher Cornwell | Scott Seymour 6y

    I just looked through the Boston pictures again. They really are something. I like the inclusion of the tools they are using. A boring photo but amazing when you think of their scale to the tool they are using to get them to the Hubble.

    That Boston website invariable do great sets of photos. Look out for them.
  • v1viper 6y

    Apology accepted :)
    And good luck with getting a solar filter for your camera.
  • Wilder Delgado 6y

  • Joabois 6y

    awesome !
  • sjoback 6y

    glad that guy posted the wrong telescope specs! way to go! if it's a 5-in refractor, it would have been a TOA-130 (according to the photographers site), which is a triplet. not the takahashi sky 90 specs you're posting. ugh. anyway, awesome photo.
  • Ravinder M A 5y

    awesome! speechless...
  • Ethan Love 5y

    "set the controls for the heart of the Sun"
  • zgrial 5y

    Very very impressive!
  • ~~AragornPrime~~ 5y

    WOW what a great capture;
  • Rosário Marques 5y

    Instant fave !!!
  • Paula Sepulveda 5y

    WOW!!! impressive!

    Totally TOTAL.
  • Juanita de los Ángeles Ariza Guzmán 5y

  • Gustav Gullberg 4y

    Seriously amazing photo.
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