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Saturday, October 14, 2006

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Spectacular Photo of Shuttle, Space Station And The Sun

It looks like a speck of dust on the surface of the sun. But this spectacular picture shows the space shuttle Atlantis alongside the International Space Station silhouetted as they orbit the earth. Amazing photo.

What looks like a small speck on the photo above, when you take a closer look below, you suddenly see the space shuttle and space center.

The image was taken in Normandy by French astrophotographer Thierry Legault. He used a digital camera attached to a £5,000 specially kitted-out telescope.

The shuttle, which returned last week from a 12-day mission, and the space station can be seen in orbit 250 miles above the earth while the sun is 93 million miles away.

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