The picture above is an amazing photo showing the space shuttle Atlantis about to dock with the International Space Station on its final mission. They passed in front of the sun for a half-second and a photographer in Spain was able to capture the shot.
You can see the entire picture here, as well as a realtime video and slowed-down video of the event.
After they finished docking, they passed in front of the sun again and the photographer took another picture, which you can see here.
This was Atlantis’s last mission before being retired; it landed this morning at Cape Canaveral. There are only two more space shuttle missions planned, one each for the Discovery and Endeavor. But the shuttles will not be disassembled; they’ll be kept on standby for emergency use in case the International Space Station ever needs rescue or emergency assistance. Without the space shuttles, the space station will be served by foreign spacecraft.
You can read more about the final voyage of the Atlantis at the New York Times.
Image source: axilone.com