International Space Station – Ralf Vandebergh – STS-129 Adds ELC2

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ISS with Atlantis and ECL2.
Photograph used by permission of Ralf Vendebergh

Ralf Vandebergh continues to do his amazing work, even under adverse conditions. Here is a recent image of the International Space Station before and after Atlantis (STS-129) delivered the ExPRESS Logistics Carrier (ELC2). The module was mounted on the S3 truss. You can see Atlantis docked below the Space Station.

Ralf uses a 10 inch Newtonian telescope with a videocam eyepiece. He manually tracks the ISS and other objects across the sky. Due to atmospheric turbulence (its why stars twinkle), a portion of one image may be clear and another blurry. By judicious combination of various images from the video and that good old standby Photoshop, you can create a nice image.

Other recent events at the ISS are given below. Comparing the HTV-1 approach to ISS below with the recent ECL2 image (left), you can see the effects that weather play on the quality of the photographs.

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Progress 34 (M-67) Resupply ship docked to ISS.
Photograph used by permission of Ralf Vendebergh

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Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-1) approaches ISS.
Photograph used by permission of Ralf Vendebergh

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