I had intended on waiting until the final Shuttle Launch next month before writing about this spectacular machine and I will keep my powder dry save to post a couple of pictures from a collection which NASA released a few days ago. Believe it or not this is the first and last time the Space Shuttle has ever been picture attached to the International Space Station. Up until these pictures safety protocol had always dictated that the other means of leaving the ISS, the Soyuz capsule, was ready for emergency escape at the other end of the Station.
This time Soyuz pulled away and as it did these images were captured. Amazing.