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    Posted by Frank Morring, Jr. 8:38 PM on Jun 09, 2011

    Paolo Nespoli didn't confine himself to still images when he had a photo op during his return to Earth after five months on the International Space Station.

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    NASA/Paolo Nespoli

    The veteran European Space Agency astronaut also got some high-def television footage from the orbital module of his Soyuz spacecraft, which had been modified with a special window to give him a better view.

    To see the seven-and-a-half minutes of video posted on the NASA website, click here.

    The station crew rotated their orbiting lab during the photo session to give Nespoli's cameras unprecedented angles on the huge assembly.

    Station engineers in Houston; Moscow; the Munich suburb of Oberpfaffenhofen; Tsukuba City, Japan, and St. Hubert, Canada, will use the photos and videos as documentation to keep track of how well their particular pieces of orbiting real estate hold up in the high-stress environment of low Earth orbit.

    We can enjoy it as pure spectacle.

    Tags: os99, Soyuz, Endeavour, Nespoli

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