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This Artwork depicts Atlantis setteling into final orbit. When the Shuttle orbits it points nose down to the earth and the main reason is the windows. Once the Shuttle is in stable orbit the bay doors are opened for the remainder of the miision until it is time to come back to earth. The Shuttle in this painting is made up of 986 painted layers in Photoshop all the details were referenced from more than 100 photos, courtesy of NASA