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Amazing Photo Captures Robot Cargo Ship's Space Station Arrival

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posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 04:10 PM
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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured an extraordinary photo of an unmanned European cargo ship as it docked to the orbiting outpost last week.




Link to article on Space.com

Was marveling at the photo and thought I would share on here. Didn't see a thread on it ATS. Not much to discuss except to oogle at the picture!




posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 04:15 PM
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Kinda takes your breath away...doesn't it....


Des



posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 04:18 PM
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Beautiful pic but why does it look like a fog has rolled in? The lights look like a cars would when driving through mist.

I'm no expert on conditions in low earth orbit but I would expect it to be dust/mist free.



posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 04:21 PM
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Beautyfull and amazing...thx for sharing. Look at the lights from earth, like a christmastree.



posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 04:24 PM
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Originally posted by Grifter81
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Beautiful pic but why does it look like a fog has rolled in? The lights look like a cars would when driving through mist.

I'm no expert on conditions in low earth orbit but I would expect it to be dust/mist free.


I'm not sure myself....however I'll freely admit when I first saw this picture, for just an instant, my mind flashed:

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind



Edit: Guess that means I've been spending WAY too much time on ATS! hehehehehe
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posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 04:46 PM
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Yes it is a very beautifull picture.
Lucky Astronauts



posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 04:57 PM
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Ah! Another faked NASA efforts.
We never get tired of them, eh?



posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 05:10 PM
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Got proof or you just bored?? Great picture with all the thrusters going and the earth below.



posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 05:25 PM
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Originally posted by pshea38
Ah! Another faked NASA efforts.
We never get tired of them, eh?


Yah...I mean I just love using my fake cell phone, and fake internet, watching my fake weather on my fake satellite TV.........

'Cause you know......it's all fake like you said....right?

To bad some people got their education out of a cereal box.....



posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 05:37 PM
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I think the fog is exhaust from the thrusters being illuminated by them. Just as you have exhaust from rockets in atmosphere it is still there in space. I would imagine though that the incredibly low pressure of space would cause the diffusion of the exhaust to be much greater, meaning that instead of puffs or plumes of smoke you quickly get a very, very thin cloud.

Please correct me if I am wrong, I am just basing this on what I already know about basic physics.
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posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 06:24 PM
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Wait what they photographed stars in space? This can't be, it doesn't support hoax theories!!



posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 06:50 PM
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Originally posted by Illustronic
Wait what they photographed stars in space? This can't be, it doesn't support hoax theories!!


Quit that!

You've gone and made me snarff my coffee through my nose!!!



Actually, yes, I think that is the exhaust plume that we are seeing.



posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 07:40 PM
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That picture makes you remember there is more to this life than traffics jams,
phone bills and viagra commercials...



posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 09:51 PM
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Beautiful image!

I think that due to the long exposure in the shot you can probably see the light reflecting on ice crystals from the maneuvering thrusters. Or it can be the CIA faking the existence of outer space.



posted on Apr, 6 2012 @ 10:22 PM
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I was thinking that myself but couldn't find proper verification of such due to the the articles that covered it. Space.com is but an excerpt of journals like Nature, and considered more like the checkout line of a grocery store version of science/space news for the layman than an information source. Its not to say I don't blame them for trying to spread the word, I just find their articles like newswires, with little depth. But I do believe they have a high standard of review before they publish, it is just fluff, and little substance.



posted on Apr, 7 2012 @ 02:55 AM
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Sounds like a reasonable explanation. In a vacuum (no pressure) doesn't gas spread out almost instantly trying to fill the space? With that in mind any rocket exhaust would quickly be reduced to single molecules invisible to us.

Could the fog be some kind of particulate? A dust cloud of sorts?



posted on Apr, 7 2012 @ 03:31 AM
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here it is in action




posted on Apr, 7 2012 @ 04:03 AM
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Why are there stars in the photograph, but not in the video? Phage?



posted on Apr, 7 2012 @ 04:10 AM
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Originally posted by Grifter81
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Beautiful pic but why does it look like a fog has rolled in? The lights look like a cars would when driving through mist.

I'm no expert on conditions in low earth orbit but I would expect it to be dust/mist free.


That's not a fog but an alien fart


All joking aside awesome pic!



posted on Apr, 7 2012 @ 08:10 AM
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It isn't just the supply ship that is firing thrusters in making maneuvers to dock. The space station is also making adjustments through thrusters to accommodate the arrival. Am I alone in finding this somewhat amorous?



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