Ticket pic of the week: You won't see new space photos like this for much longer
Rare are the stand-away photos of the entire International Space Station and a docked shuttle.
This photo, taken from a Russian Soyuz spacecraft May 23 by Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency, shows the last docking up there of the U.S. space shuttle Endeavour, now retired and headed for a Los Angeles space museum.
As a June Saturday bonus scroll down for a second photo of Endeavour's final landing at the Kennedy Space Center.
One last shuttle flight is scheduled, in early July for Atlantis. Then, according to the Obama administration's plans for NASA, it too will be retired, and any space-bound Americans will rent seats on Russian rockets for the foreseeable future.
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Photo: Paolo Nespoli / European Space Agency (Endeavour docked with the International Space Station, May 23, 2011); Joe Skipper / Reuters (Endeavour's last landing, June 4, 2011).