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The Precarious Light-Filled Vista From The International Space Station

Visiting the International Space Station, astronauts float with nothing but a thin sliver of atmosphere between them and our world. The space shuttle Endeavor's last mission to the ISS installed a new "cupola" which'll yield even more loveliness to come.

Here are some of our favorite NASA images from the Endeavor's mission, including our first look through the cupola, which resembles a firing turret from Star Wars but will also give the ISS astronauts the kind of view of Earth they usually only get during an EVA. Pics via NASA and NASA: 2-Explore on Flickr.

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There used to be a troll named Neil that posted all the time on Wired, that would not believe that man had ever gone into space. One of his reasons, was that there were no shots of the Shuttle against a star field. Wish I could show him these shots. But, alas, he no longer posts.