Image copyright Theirry Legault.
Theirry Legault does it again, with another amazing image of a satellite/spacecraft taken with an earthbound telescope. This is as significant a technical feat as it is beautiful.
See his Phobos Grunt site for the full size image and a great video of the spacecraft coming over. And check out his main site for more amazing satellite/spacecraft photography.
Phobos-Grunt may re-enter around January 15th.
Tip of the spacevisor to the BadAstronomer.