<p><strong>February 9, 2010—</strong>The space shuttle <em>Endeavour</em> glides past Earth's atmosphere, as seen in an astronaut's picture taken aboard the <a id="kxo-" title="International Space Station" href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html">International Space Station</a>.<br><br>The unique photograph shows the shuttle against Earth's limb, or apparent edge, and captures the layers of the atmosphere in various hues. The shot was taken just before the shuttle docked with the space station at 12:06 p.m. ET to begin <em>Endeavour'</em>s current, <a id="uakn" title="13-day mission" href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts130/index.html">13-day mission</a>.</p>

Space Shuttle Silhouette

February 9, 2010—The space shuttle Endeavour glides past Earth's atmosphere, as seen in an astronaut's picture taken aboard the International Space Station.

The unique photograph shows the shuttle against Earth's limb, or apparent edge, and captures the layers of the atmosphere in various hues. The shot was taken just before the shuttle docked with the space station at 12:06 p.m. ET to begin Endeavour's current, 13-day mission.

Photograph courtesy NASA

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