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New images of shuttle-space station in unprecedented photo shoot

A departing spaceship took close-up pictures of the space shuttle Endeavour attached to the International Space Station. (NASA)

May 23, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
In an unprecedented cosmic photo shoot Monday, a full view of the International Space Station with shuttle Endeavour attached to it is shown.

The photos were taken by three station crew members who were leaving for Earth on a Russian Soyuz capsule.

The Soyuz made a perfect landing in Kazakhstan on Monday. American astronaut Catherine Coleman was one of the three.

After five months on the station, they reclined in special couches to readjust to Earth's gravity.

Their departure leaves three space station residents, as well as Endeavour's six-man crew commanded by Mark Kelly, husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Endeavour's final flight ends June 1.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.