Re: Atlantis & ISS

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Wed Apr 17 2002 - 23:37:52 EDT

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    Sue wrote:
    > I saw a very nice flying-in-tandem pass of the pair a 
    > little earlier this evening.  ...  Both appeared
    > to be about the same brightness, but thin and patchy 
    > clouds probably skewed that.
    Two neighbors and I were very lucky to be able to see the 
    same pass.  The sky was mostly cloudy from my apartment,
    several km SSE of Sue's location.  After the satellites 
    disappeared, I looked back toward the Moon and was no 
    longer able to see it!  The two orbiters also appeared to 
    me to be the same brightness.  It did seem to me that 
    perhaps ISS became somewhat fainter not long before they 
    disappeared.  I had intended to time their separation as 
    they passed above a telephone pole but committed a very 
    bad user error and unknowingly stopped the stopwatch on 
    the first click ("D'oh!")!
    I've received an inquiry as to whether anyone has taken 
    a telescopic photo of either Telstar 1 or 2 (00340, 
    62-029A, or 00573, 63-013A).
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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