Re: Large Satellite to be Illuminated

Anthony Beresford (starman@camtech.net.au)
Sun, 21 Apr 1996 18:16:05 +0930

At 09:36 PM 4/19/96 -0400, Walter Nissen wrote:
>STS-77, Endeavour, is scheduled for launch 19960516 1032 into a 39 degree 
>inclined orbit on a 10 day mission.  The appendix contains lightly edited 
>short excerpts from http://sspp.gsfc.nasa.gov/sp207.html.  Shuttle info is 
>available from http://shuttle.nasa.gov. 
> 
>Brief summary: a large satellite will be dropped in LEO, and will be 
>illuminated for a brief interval.  I would guess it might therefore be 
>visible even in the shadow of the Earth.  3 separate satellites will be 
>apparently be briefly visible, perhaps signalling "K" in Morse code. 
> 
Thanks for the note Walter. From the advance elements. It appears
that Here in Adelaide , So. Australia we will have visible passes
every day of mission. Appropiate since Adelaide born & educated 
Mission specialist Andrew Thomas will be on board.
He will have a chance to see the lights of his "home" town 1 hour after launch.
We will have to wait till next evening to catch a pass at 0825UT may 17, some
34 minutes after sunset.
Tony Beresford
Adelaide So. Australia
34.9S, 138.6E