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Cupola Corner 1 - Conversation With Chris Ferguson

From the blog post:

Atlantis Commander Chris Ferguson joined me in the International Space Station cupola for some conversation about the space shuttle, and how we can communicate what we see from space in a way that will inspire people to make a difference.… See the full post.

I love the Cupola Corner concept. Thanks Ron for your home movies from space. You make it accessible to all of us -- even my 80 yr-old mother on her iPad. :)

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Great last views of Atlantis from the Cupola. And sobering images of smoke trails (that masquerade as clouds), showing effect of humans on our Fragile Oasis. Thanks for your heartfelt comments @Astro_Ferg.

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Rarely do I condone the use of the word "incredible" (meaning: not credible, literally). But I think Commander Ferguson is using correctly describing that view. It has to be hard to believe that perspective.

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I enjoyed it. Ron's Late Nite chat in the Cupola corner. The room with the best view, even if the scenes below are disturbing.

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An historic night. A first episode of Ron's Cupola Corner (wonderful!) and a last night of a Space Shuttle docked to the ISS. Thank you for sharing this poignant time with us Bloggernaut Ron and Commander Ferguson. Atlantis looks so majestic outside the window. I will always treasure that view. I hope we will get another episode from the cupola soon! Hearts out to everyone on this bittersweet occasion. God's love to you and safe journey home to STS135.

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Great coverage of this historic program. I've been watching with great interest the various FD activities. One thing I am curious, in graphics of ISS it seems that somtimes the bow(where STS docks) appears to go backwards over groundtrack. Does the ISS stay in fixed orientation? Or does it rotate to keep NADIR always to earth?? Thanks for any reply. CDJ-

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The ISS normally flies w/ the USOS forward. During docked missions the ISS yaws to put the Russian Segment forward to protect the Shuttle's thermal protection tiles. After this morning's undocking the ISS yawed 90deg to give Atlantis a unique view for the fly-around. Great job noticing that!

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