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NASA Atlantis & Others

Here are some stunning new NASA pictures, plus a few photos from a Russian source, you can get a closer look at science and maintenance work in orbit, including several fascinating spacewalks.

STS-117 Atlantis mission’s rendezvous with Expedition 15 of the International Space Station.

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Astronaut Steven Swanson during the mission’s second spacewalk.

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Inspection of the thermal shield.

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Shuttle’s payload bay is clearly visible, with a valuable cargo inside.

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Shuttle approaching the International Space Station

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"The Backflip" – flipping Atlantis on her "belly" to allow for closer examination of the heat shield.

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Giving out packages from Earth…

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Astronaut Jim Reilly during spacewalk.

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Mission’s first spacewalk (connecting station’s newly installed truss)

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Construction of the International Space Station continues – activating new truss segments.

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Folding the older solar arrays…

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Astronaut Patrick Forrester during the mission’s fourth spacewalk.

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New solar array configuration. Future missions will add more arrays to each side and several science modules.

Aurora Borealis as seen from space:

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(Image courtesy of the Image Science Analysis Laboratory, NASA)

Sunset over the Pacific:

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(Image courtesy of the Image Science Analysis Laboratory, NASA)

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