RE: ISS solar transit on 4-15-03

From: McConahy, Ralph (RMcConahy@jgld.gdscc.nasa.gov)
Date: Tue Apr 15 2003 - 11:39:28 EDT

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    Thomas Fly wrote:
    >>>There are some US and Israeli sats that move east to west.
    >Any idea why? I'd guess they're probably spy satellites.
    
    Tom,
    
    The reason for the Israeli ones is geographic and political--can't launch
    west-to-east because of hostile neighbors. Only east-to-west over the
    Mediterranean Sea. 
    
    See: http://www.fas.org/spp/military/program/asat/at_950415.htm
     and, http://www.spacetoday.org/Rockets/Spaceports/Israel.html
    
      
      Ralph McConahy
      34.5489N  117.2205W  912m
    
    
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