Delta Scrub and Babylon 1

Philip Chien (
Thu, 22 Apr 1999 14:26:19 -0400

Last night's Delta 3 launch scrubbed fairly early.  But I decided to stay
at the press site until a very decent high elevation pass of Babylon 1
(Space Station) occurred.  Weather was absolutely perfect and seeing was
down to about 2-3 magnitude due to the various high power television lights.

There were several press and P.R. folks around, many who had never seen a
spacecraft in orbit before.  Naturally there's plenty of "It's amazing that
it's so bright", "is that what it really is?", etcs. which you'd expect
from the non-technical public.

One friend had a brand-new low-light digital video camera and hand tracked
it across much of the sky.

Philip Chien, KC4YER
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