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Moon during Apollo 15.
30 years of the Space shuttle in 8 minutes.
Was a great ride.
“The pilot for NASA’s last space shuttle flight, Doug Hurley, says one of the highlights of Atlantis’ trip to the International Space Station was seeing an ‘incredible’ display of southern lights — and after seeing these pictures, I’d have to agree with him.
This photo from the space station shows the greenish auroral glow sweeping around the south pole, following the edge of the atmosphere. Atlantis is in the foreground with its robotic arm extended into the center of the frame, and one of the station’s gold-colored solar arrays juts in the right edge. You can even see the stars hanging in the night sky.
[The second] picture provides a more detailed view of the shimmering lights, with Atlantis’ inspection boom poking through the frame.” - Alan Boyle
View more photos from the STS-135 shuttle mission over at NASA’s photo gallery. Photo credit: NASA.
Aurora from Space Station