AirToob Lightning
(Original post: August 7th, 2011)

From the page:

ISS027-E-036801 (23 May 2011) --- This image of the International Space Station and the docked space shuttle Endeavour, flying at an altitude of approximately 220 miles, was taken by Expedition 27 crew member Paolo Nespoli from the Soyuz TMA-20 following its undocking on May 23, 2011 (USA time). The pictures taken by Nespoli are the first taken of a shuttle docked to the International Space Station from the perspective of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Onboard the Soyuz were Russian cosmonaut and Expedition 27 commander Dmitry Kondratyev; Nespoli, a European Space Agency astronaut; and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman. Coleman and Nespoli were both flight engineers. The three landed in Kazakhstan later that day, completing 159 days in space.

This picture (reduced by me as carefully as possible from the awesome full-size hi-res version, which you have to download specially) is a reminder of the incredible achievement that the space shuttle programme represents. Up here, lives depend on the work of so many people in so many industries and organisations being done perfectly, with total co-operation with each other. It's such a sharp contrast with the dysfunctional unintelligent mess going on in many parts of the planet below - in Washington DC, for example.

It also reminds me that in space, the need for scientific accuracy is a matter of life and death. The kind of "science" imagined by Creationists on the planet below, for example, does not contain the kind of truths that would pass the test up here.