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Ticket pic of the week: You won't see new space photos like this for much longer

June 11, 2011 |  8:28 am

NASA space shuttle Endeavour and the international space station as seen from a Russian Soyuz craft 5-23-11 Paolo Nespoli

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.

NASA Endeavour's Last Landing 6-4-11

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).