The View

Mar 30, 2009 12:27pm

If you have two minutes and 40 seconds to spare, you may want to use it to enjoy the visual treat below.  The space shuttle Discovery landed safely on Saturday afternoon, but before it came home it shot this video of the space station it left behind.

The video is substantially sped up.  Shuttles routinely do flyarounds of the station after they undock, and it takes the better part of an hour to finish.

The station itself, we’re told, is now 81 percent complete.  The last for-sure shuttle flight to bring up parts, STS-133, is scheduled to fly in May of next year–though various members of Congress are lobbying for more flights to shorten the gap before NASA’s Orion spacecraft is ready to carry astronauts around 2015.

In this multimedia age, NASA’s gotten web-savvy.  They post their best stuff on YouTube.  Poke around HERE.

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