Lunar transit of the International Space Station on Dec. 20,2010. Credit:  Theirry Legault. Used by permission.

Astrophotos, Moon, Space Station

International Space Station on the Moon?

29 Dec , 2010 by

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From our vantage point on Earth, it takes just a half second for the International Space Station to fly across the face of the Moon, so catching a transit is tricky. But award-winning French astrophotographer Theirry Legault captured an amazingly sharp and detailed transit image that makes the ISS look like it is sitting on the Moon’s surface! Legault took this image from Avranches (Normandy, France) a few hours before the eclipse, on December 20th at 21:34 UT. He used a Meade 10″ ACF on Takahashi EM400, with a Canon 5D mark II. The transit duration was just 0.55 seconds, as the ISS is traveling at 7.5km/s or 28,0000 km/h (17,500 mph). See below for a close-up crop of the image which shows the amount of detail visible of the space station.

Close-up of the ISS transiting the Moon. Credit: Theirry Legault. Used by permission.

Legault has also taken incredible images of the ISS and a docked space shuttle transiting the Sun, (at least twice), as well as the shuttle Atlantis and Hubble transiting old Sol.

See more of his images at his website, or click the images for larger versions. Legault told us he’ll be traveling for a good view of the solar eclipse on January 4, so we look forward to his images of that event.

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The Eclectic Exterminator of Stupid Electricians
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The Eclectic Exterminator of Stupid Electricians
December 29, 2010 8:39 AM

Oh mon mot! Internationalé Orbitale La Station est entrée dans un transit lunaire.
Êtes-vous sûrs qu’il n’a pas été piraté par les étrangers, ou ces Russes?

Volez moi à la lune et permettez-moi de jouer parmi les étoiles!

Aqua4U
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December 29, 2010 11:04 PM

I like your topic “International Space Station on the Moon?” for its double intendre? Ahem… here goes… WHY does ESA, JAXA, Roscosmos and NASA continue to waste orbital assets by not reusing orbital supply vessels to build a lunar space station? NOT doing so seems an irresponsible waste at best, at least to me….

I’m not proposing direct lunar insertion with high impulse rocket engines, instead I am a proponent of pumping up an orbit over time with ion engines then once lunar orbit rendezvousing with a crewed spacecraft like the dragon or the Orion.or something from Ruscosmos?

Redbaron719
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Redbaron719
December 30, 2010 3:57 PM
Aqua, from where I sit, you’re not getting the big picture that puts your question into perspective. IMHO, what’s being played out for us–largely in the US Congress Arena– is the interaction of Big League Economic Hardball and The Military-Industrial Global Conglomerate Conspires To Defraud the American People And Nullify International Treaties By Fiat–as a “dog and pony show” for American (and internat’l) public benefit. Keep your eye on the ball–err, rather the money. Big money. Gargantuan money. Europe and Russia don’t have enough and aren’t positioned correctly. Japan and India are too far behind the curve and poorly funded. China has it in spades, now, but will finish 2nd due to early misplaced priorities after a very… Read more »
Aqua4U
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December 29, 2010 11:09 PM

Theirry Legault! Thanks for all the effort and continued great results!

Spacemad
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December 30, 2010 2:09 AM

These images of the ISS transiting the Moon are absolutely fabulous! Many thanks, Theirry for making the fantastic images available to UT so we can all enjoy them! smile

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December 30, 2010 12:37 PM

As an photographer for 20 years,including astro photographing,i have to say this is indeed a very impressive photo.This is some very technical photography at is best.I can just imagine all the work behind getting a result like this from my own experience..Exposure,timing,focus,shutter speed.. as well as the editing, this is just pure perfection..Dang! You are good at this mr Theirry!Thanks for sharing your work.Ps: and thanks for getting me to finally register on UT.

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