Spaceship Pictures

by Fraser Cain on March 1, 2010

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Here are some spaceship pictures. You can make any of these pictures into your computer desktop wallpaper. Just click on an image to enlarge it, and then right-click and choose “Set as Desktop Background”.

Spaceship Pictures

Apollo 17's Moonship

This is a picture of the Apollo 17 landing module “Challenger”. When this picture was taken, Challenger had already descended to the surface of the Moon, and the astronauts had completed their lunar excursions. This is just before the lunar module docked to the orbiting command module.

Homecoming at Kennedy

Homecoming at Kennedy

Here’s a picture of the space shuttle Endeavour landing at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The shuttle deploys a chute like this to slow it down once it’s on the runway. This wrapped up mission STS-118, where Endeavour and its crew of astronauts flew up and fixed the Hubble Space Telescope.

Discovery's Dawn

Discovery's Dawn

Here’s a picture of the space shuttle Discovery as it rolled out to its launch pad. The shuttle is mated to its fuel tank and solid rocket boosters in the Vehicle Assembly Building, and then carried slowly out to the launch pad.

Beginning the Journey Home

Beginning the Journey Home

Here’s an image of the space shuttle’s Endeavour’s cargo bay. This photo was taken after the Tranquillity module had already been removed from the shuttle and attached to the International Space Station.

Above the Clouds

Above the Clouds

In this photograph, you can see the space shuttle Discovery hitching a ride on the back of a specially modified Boeing 747 carrier. When the shuttle lands in California, NASA uses this aircraft to carry it back to Florida.

We’ve written many articles about spaceships for Universe Today. Here’s an article about a double spaceship sighting alert, and here’s an article about a triple spaceship sighting.

If you’d like more information on the shuttle, here’s a link to NASA’s Official space shuttle page, and here’s the homepage for NASA’s Human Spaceflight.

We’ve recorded an episode of Astronomy Cast all about the space shuttle. Listen here, Episode 127: The US Space Shuttle.

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Fraser Cain is the publisher of Universe Today. He's also the co-host of Astronomy Cast with Dr. Pamela Gay.

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