Checked content

File:Endeavour silhouette STS-130.jpg


English: Though astronauts and cosmonauts often encounter striking scenes of Earth's limb, this unique image, part of a series over Earth's colorful horizon, has the added feature of a silhouette of the space shuttle Endeavour. The image was photographed by an Expedition 22 crew member prior to STS-130 rendezvous and docking operations with the International Space Station. Docking occurred at 11:06 p.m. (CST) on Feb. 9, 2010. The orbital outpost was at 46.9 south latitude and 80.5 west longitude, over the South Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern Chile, with an altitude of 183 nautical miles when the image was recorded. The orange layer is the troposphere, where all of the weather and clouds which we typically watch and experience are generated and contained. This orange layer gives way to the whitish Stratosphere and then into the Mesosphere. In some frames the black colour is part of a window frame rather than the blackness of space.
Date 9 February 2010
Author NASA/Crew of Expedition 22
Shuttle.svg This image or video was catalogued by Johnson Space Centre of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under Photo ID: ISS022-E-062672.
This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing for more information.


Public domain This file is in the public domain because it was solely created by NASA. NASA copyright policy states that "NASA material is not protected by copyright unless noted". (See Template:PD-USGov, NASA copyright policy page or JPL Image Use Policy.)
NASA logo.svg
  • Use of NASA logos, insignia and emblems are restricted per US law 14 CFR 1221.
  • The NASA website hosts a large number of images from the Soviet/ Russian space agency, and other non-American space agencies. These are not necessarily in the public domain.
  • Materials based on Hubble Space Telescope data may be copyrighted if they are not explicitly produced by the STScI. See also {{ PD-Hubble}} and {{ Cc-Hubble}}.
  • The SOHO (ESA & NASA) joint project implies that all materials created by its probe are copyrighted and require permission for commercial non-educational use.
  • Images featured on the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) web site may be copyrighted.



Wikimedia CommonsWikipedia

This file was a finalist in Picture of the Year 2012.
This is a featured picture on Wikimedia Commons ( Featured pictures) and is considered one of the finest images.

Cscr-featured.svgSound-icon-empty.svgThis is a featured picture on the English language Wikipedia ( Featured pictures) and is considered one of the finest images.
Cscr-featured.svgSound-icon-empty.svgThis is a featured picture on the Persian language Wikipedia ( نگاره‌های برگزیده) and is considered one of the finest images.

If you have an image of similar quality that can be published under a suitable copyright license, be sure to upload it, tag it, and nominate it.

Picture of the day

This image was selected as picture of the day on Wikimedia Commons for 8 March 2013. It was captioned as follows:

English: The silhouette of space shuttle Endeavour seen against Earth's colorful horizon during shuttle mission STS-130
The following pages on Schools Wikipedia link to this image (list may be incomplete):


Find out more

Schools Wikipedia was launched to make learning available to everyone. By supporting vulnerable children right through to adulthood, SOS Childrens Villages makes a lasting difference to the lives of thousands of people. Education is a key part of our work, and our schools provide high-quality teaching to the children in our care. Try to find out how you can help children in other countries on our web site.