Posts Tagged ‘Astronomy’


11 June, 2009

Photo: NASA/Thierry LegaultLook, it’s the Space Shuttle flying in front of a giant yellow sponge in outer space.

Okay, just kidding. 

Not really the Moon blocking the Sun here, but the Space Shuttle Atlantis as it transits the Sun during its most recent mission STS-125, the fifth and final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).

Here’s the correct caption:

In this tightly cropped image, the NASA space shuttle Atlantis is seen in silhouette during solar transit, 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)

Atlantis is carrying two new instruments to the HST, a replacement Fine Guidance Sensor, and six new gyroscopes and batteries to allow the telescope to continue to function at least through 2014. Yay. (Then what? No one really knows.)

Picture of Atlantis transiting the Sun comes from the STS-125 Mission flickr page by nasa hq photo (it’s also on Wikipedia) where there are other awesome Sun pictures.