Re: STS 101 Launch Viewing

From: glwells@Americanisp.net
Date: Sat Apr 15 2000 - 23:46:12 PDT

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    Marc (and all);
    
    OK, those photos are up.  Also a couple of Iridium flare shots too.
    
    http://users.americanisp.net/~glwells/sts84.html
    
    Cheers;
    
    glwells@americanisp.net
    
    
    
    
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "glwells@Americanisp.net" <glwells@americanisp.net>
    To: <SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com>
    Sent: Friday, April 14, 2000 10:29 PM
    Subject: Re: STS 101 Launch Viewing
    
    
    > Mark,
    >
    > I had a very good experience with STS84 a couple of years ago.  it was an
    > afternoon launch, and with the sun to the west the visibility was very
    good
    > well past SRB separation.  I used a 600mm lens (about 10x on my 35mm and
    > could see the SRBs come off pretty well.
    > We were parked about midway along the west half of the causeway, there was
    > plenty of good viewing since the causeway is sloped.  I understand we were
    > about 5.1 kilometers from 39B, the sound was good (when it finally
    arrived)
    > and I noticed a little bit of atmospheric 'flaring' around the vehicle in
    > the photos (I am not sure if it might have been an
    > 'I-didn't-spend-that-much-for-the-2x-teleconverter' phenomenon either).
    >
    > At any rate, it was a grand show.  I put some of the photos up at
    > http://users.americanisp.net/~glwells/sts84.html
    >
    > Best wishes.
    >
    > Gary Wells
    >
    > ----- Original Message -----
    > From: "MARK S. RECER" <msrecer@yahoo.com>
    > To: <SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com>
    > Sent: Friday, April 14, 2000 7:19 PM
    > Subject: STS 101 Launch Viewing
    >
    >
    > > Would love to hear any hints about launch viewing at
    > > KSC. I hope to get within three mile range. Yet may be
    > > at the 6 mile point. 10X50's the best? Also I am
    > > curious of confidence in the 4-24 launch date with all
    > > the problems now being dealt with. What part of the
    > > causeway offers best viewing. Its an afternoon launch
    > > with a small window. If anyone has been or any help
    > > would be great. I watched sts  96 launch. The amazing
    > > thing was the sudden drop in visibility early in morn
    > > just two minutes prior to liftoff. Moisture in air
    > > suddenly increased muffling sound and obscuring
    > > view. The flare of the srb's was most notable. Some
    > > kind of aluminum propellant gives it that quality.
    > >
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