Chance to see NASA's last mission

FOR space shuttle fan Glenn Alexander this morning was his last chance to catch a glimpse of Atlantis as it passed over Gympie docked to the International Space Station.

The Atlantis mission is the last space shuttle mission after 30 years of American space flights in the reusable craft.

Gympie residents had to be up early to catch the trail of light racing across the night sky.

The Atlantis made its appearance at 4.55am.

It was around the same time yesterday morning that Mr Alexander took this photo of the shuttle as it streaked across the sky just before dawn.

The 34-year-old said he had seen the space shuttle in the sky as a child and was keen to see the last-ever voyage as it passed above Gympie.

“You could see it for about four minutes,” Mr Alexander said.

“It was very bright.”

Mr Alexander set his Canon SLR camera up on a tripod to catch the space shuttle’s path over Gympie.

“The shutter speed was about two minutes,” Mr Alexander said.

“You can see how much the stars have moved in the photo.”

He said it was sad to see the shuttles mothballed because they had been around nearly his whole life.

Gympie Times


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