The space shuttle Atlantis and its astronauts returned safely to Earth after a seven-day mission resupplying the International Space Station.
They chronicled their stay in space with some incredible, high-quality photographs that capture the astronauts at work, breathtaking views of the earth, and detailed portraits of the space shuttle and ISS.
These sharp images, which were released by NASA almost immediately after they were snapped in space, are testament to how far tech has come. As the Daily Mail notes, "Previously when images were released by Nasa they were soon after the event but still very fuzzy. It is only on recent missions that images of this quality of image were released almost as soon as they had happened."
Check out the incredible images from the Atlantis mission in the slideshow below.
Astronaut Robert L. Satcher Jr. uses a digital camera to take a photo of his helmet visor while doing construction and maintenance on the International Space Station. The reflection in his visor also captures parts of the station and astronaut Mike Foreman.
The bright sun greets the International Space Station.
Astronaut Randy Bresnik on the second spacewalk of the mission continues maintenance on the International Space Station.
This shot of astronaut Mike Foreman's helmet captures his crewmate Randy Bresnik, who's taking the photo with an electronic camera.
The sun appears in the sky beyond the International Space Station.
Astronaut Mike Foreman works on the International Space Station during the mission's first session of extravehicular activity (EVA), The spacewalk lasted six hours and 37 minutes.
Astronaut Robert L. Satcher Jr. is pictured here anchored to a Canadarm2 mobile foot restraint during a spacewalk.
A part of the International Space Station captured against the Sinai Peninsula.
Astronaut Robert L. Satcher Jr. performs maintenance on the International Space Station.
Astronaut Robert L. Satcher Jr. is pictured here during a spacewalk.
A partial view of the Space Shuttle Atlantis against the Earth.
Photographed from within the space shuttle, this image captures the Space Shuttle Atlantis' payload bay, vertical stabilizer, orbital maneuvering system (OMS) pods and docking mechanism against the earth.
This image captures a docked Soyuz spacecraft over the docked space shuttle Atlantis. The craft appears to "pierce" the earth's surface, which serves as a backdrop.
So which one is your favorite? I have to say the the sunrise one is mine and the first one.