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shuttle docking space station

Photo by astronaut Paolo Nespoli / courtesy of NASA

Historic pairing

This photo of the space shuttle Endeavour docked to the International Space Station was taken in May from the Russian Soyuz spacecraft as it returned to Earth -- the first photo taken of a docked shuttle from another spacecraft. During the last decade, space shuttles helped build the complex at an altitude of approximately 220 miles.

Many University of Cincinnati alumni have worked on those launches, designing trajectories and teaching astronauts how to maneuver on spacewalks, among other things. In a few years, another alumnus expects a prototype space suit he is working on will get a trial run at the space station.

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