Space Shuttle Discovery has finished its final mission and landed on 9 March 2011 at 10:57:17 CST. Operating from 1984 to 2011, Discovery has a cumulative total of 365 days in space.
German astrophotographer Oliver Stiehler hand-guided his 12″ Meade telescope and captured two brilliant photos with his DMK 21AF04.AS astronomy camera.
Space Shuttle Discovery
International Space Station
Quote of his e-mail:
I have made a nice photo from the Discovery on its last flight back to planet earth. I will also show you a video with all centered frames of the taken video with the Discovery.
My location was "Sternwarte Burgsolms"(http://www.sternwarte-burgsolms.de/) from Germany (near Frankfurt).
There I used a 12″ Meade SC focal with a wide opened orange filter and the DMK 21AF04.AS monochrome camera. The scope was handguided with the finderscope (look to the small "gif"-file!). The camera made 60 frames per second with an exposure time of 1/900 second.
On the photo and video you see the Discovery with open hatches and a robotic arm. I think they are looking to the bottom of the shuttle to inspect the heat-protection tiles?
On the same overflight I made a short swing to the iss. There I made a second photo and video.
Click on the links below to download the two avi files he recorded on the same evening.
Thank you Oliver for the images! Master Piece without question!