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Against the awesome backdrop of the sun, they are at first little more than specks.
Look a little closer, however, and you can make out the outline of solar panels, and next to it a dart-shaped silhouette.
This extraordinary image shows the Space Shuttle Atlantis docking with the International Space Station in front of the sun.
It was taken by astro-photographer Thierry Legault who, had he blinked at the crucial moment, would have missed it.