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If one had an opportunity fly in formation with a space shuttle orbiter in the Earth's atmosphere, it would look like this. I purposely chose to have Earth background so that a sense of scale and depth can be gleaned. With commander Charles Hobaugh at the controls, "Atlantis" executed a sweeping right overhead turn to lose altitude and speed to line up for landing. The two sonic booms heralding the arrival in Florida occurred just prior. Welcome home "Atlantis"! Dear President Obama, Please keep them flying!
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    Suresh A. Atapattu
    NASA
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Rockwell
    OV-104
    OV-104
    In Flight
    Florida
    USA
    November 27, 2009
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Comments (71)

Anonymous
11 years ago
Very spectacular capture, Suresh! What a view, really amazing! Best regards, Walter
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow. Great shot. One in a million. 5* -Ron
Anonymous
11 years ago
Finally on this site too! I love this photo.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Superb timing and really nice shot !! I support you for keep them flying again !
Anonymous
11 years ago
Superb shot Suresh!
HamiltonAir, Bangalore
Anonymous
11 years ago
***** Best picture of a glider that I've seen on A.net!!! Must be hauling!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I'd give you six stars if I could for being in such a position to capture this moment. Bravo!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Keep them flying! They are the most beautiful flying machine ever build.
Anonymous
11 years ago
What a unique shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Incredible capture Suresh. I really love the Space Shuttle and I would really love to see these flying forever more!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Fantastic, Suresh. I can't say anything more, other than that!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Am I getting it right? Air2Air with the space shuttle? Fantastic. Now I'm sure it's getting closer the day we'll see a cockpit view while orbiting earth.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Outstanding and rare shot! Thanks for sharing your extraordinary experience flying close to them!
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is an AMAZING shot, where were you when you took this?
Anonymous
11 years ago
There is only 5 stars here, but deserves more...
Congratulations Sir!
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's very rare to see this incrediple point of view. I give you 100 stars!P.S. Notice the heat trace from the fuselage generated by atmosphere penetration.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Rare picture!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Unlikely that Atlantis will perform a go-around :-)

An absolutely unique picture!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is one of the best Space Shuttle landing pictures I have ever seen. With the earth background it is absolutly amazing.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing picture opportunity !
Anonymous
11 years ago
Unique capture!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very unusual photo on Airliners.net. IMO it's great.
Anonymous
11 years ago
It really looks so old. anyways, Great capture! 5/5
Anonymous
11 years ago
My god thats incredible congrats on a once in a liftime shot
Anonymous
11 years ago
Dude! You are king!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I can only give this 5 stars, yet it's worth every one of them! Brilliant and remarkable photograph Suresh!! Very unique. I'm very envious.
Spencer Wilmot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just magical, Suresh. My congratulations. Toni
Anonymous
11 years ago
WOW! I'd love to know the story of how you got this shot! A truly unique angle with great composition and execution. 5 stars.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing shot! You are one lucky photographer!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I'm speechless Suresh!
Nicolas Rubio
Anonymous
11 years ago
If you look closely, you can see the heat radiating from the rear of the shuttle. Excellent photo.
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is a pic I´ve always wanted to see!! Just perfect! 5 stars!
Anonymous
11 years ago
The quality is great but the novelty of this angle is what really makes this shot great. Well done.
Anonymous
11 years ago
After all brilliant shots you gave us before, now you bring this one. I can't believe it. It's fantastic! Keep them coming!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Not something that we expect to see flying overhead so near to earth quite often!!!! Wonderful shot......simply wonderful!!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Truly stunning, best space shuttle photo in A.net!
Anonymous
11 years ago
One in a lifetime. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
Anonymous
11 years ago
An engineering marvel that really does look beat up. But what wouldn't after what it has been through on the past few days. Brilliant shot Suresh!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Absolute beauty
Anonymous
11 years ago
Well done, well done, well done!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Stunning shot, even better with the gear still up.
Anonymous
11 years ago
That's really beautiful rare picture!! Congratulations!
Anonymous
11 years ago
This shot deserves more than five stars. T.B.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Fantastic, worth everyone of the five stars that i can give it!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Orbiter is in sharp focus,lit from behind the photographer, scale, colors are vivid and composition is unique for shuttle shots
Anonymous
11 years ago
Evry now and then you see a photograph that makes you say "man I wish I had taken that photo". This may be that ultimate photograph. 5 stars does not do this justice. You can now retire. You have reached the mountain top.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice photo
Anonymous
11 years ago
This must be very close to touchdown, as shuttle flies a deep glider style dive all the way down to maintain speed.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing shot! I never saw something like this in my entire life! Simply AMAZING!
Thanks for sharing with us.
Anonymous
11 years ago
This photo should be on the President's desk!! I know it made my heart swell up a bit!
Anonymous
11 years ago
5 stars does not seem enough for this capture. It does not get any better than that!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Suresh, Just when your brilliant & incredible Space Shuttle coverage was getting boring, you come up with this! Since its inception, Shuttle have been one of the most photographed space vehicle and this maybe one of the top 3 from millions of shots that are out there. Thank you for 'bringing us up close' for something we could only imagine before. Truely a gem.
Anonymous
11 years ago
A floating brick - very sharp. Nice!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Whoaw, a new CL415 ! Incredible photo, bravo!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow, I've never seen an image this crisp of a Shuttle landing. Good job, sir.
Anonymous
11 years ago
"Dear President Obama, Please keep them flying!"
+1!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Incredible photo!!! Thank
Anonymous
11 years ago
Inbound to Earth. The colours and composition rock!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome.Deserves an official award.Its these kind of photographic gems which makes Airliner net a class of its own.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Rare photo
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is going to spend a long time as my background picture....Well Done!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Extremely rare shot with this much clarity!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Spectacular photo but Atlantis' skin looks old.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Check landing gear on base leg, Sir ...
Anonymous
10 years ago
Truly incredible shot! Thanks for sharing!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Incredible shot.thank you very much.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Rare shot!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
History
Anonymous
9 years ago
The white-and-black visitor from space speeding silently over the marshes.
Anonymous
9 years ago
It should be beatiful fly near Atlantis...

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