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ISS Sun transit

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ISS Sun transit
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In his leisure time on Sunday, 23 May 2010 at 13:38:52 CEST, DLR staff member Thilo Kranz took this image of the ISS as it passed across the solar disk in just 0.51 seconds. He captured the image with the help of his telescope and 1/5000 second exposure time. At this time, preparations for undocking of Space Shuttle Atlantis during its final mission, STS-132, were ongoing. You can see the still docked shuttle in the 11 o'clock position. Also, you may recognise the solar panels and the large radiators. In the full resolution version of this image, you can also see the Soyuz capsule. Close to the centre of the Sun, a group of sunspots is visible.
Credit: DLR/Thilo Kranz