STS-131 Discovery in orbit on April 19

From: Ralf Vandebergh (
Date: Wed Apr 28 2010 - 09:16:02 UTC

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      I Worked hard this week to process STS-131 images taken during the last days, 
      on its trip back to Earth. This one was taken on the original planned landing day. 
      (The orbiter landed finally one day later due to bad weather conditions in Florida)
      It descended already a bit which helped certainly in resolution compared with my 
      earlier images taken of the mission. This was a 72 degrees pass, far from 
      closest distance, so theoretically, resolution can still be improved. What helped
      enormously, was the great seeing above our location on that day. There is a 
      chance, that this is one of my last images of Discovery, depending on 
      circumstances and passes, because this is Dicovery's second last flight! 
      Additionally, this was the last flight were we see the Multi Purpose Logstics Module 
      (MPLM) Leonardo carried back to Earth. The large container is clearly visible in the 
      Payload Bay. Next time, this module will be permanently attached to the 
      Space Station.
      Imaging: 10 inch f/4.8 Newtonian, manually tracked, ATIK instruments
      ATK-2C camera, 1/500 sec exp)
      More images:
      Best wishes,
      Ralf Vandebergh
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