Re: [ISStracking] STS-131_2010/04/18_obs_additional

From: Thierry Legault (
Date: Mon Apr 19 2010 - 14:06:06 UTC

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    Ralf, how can you say that this very small dot is real
    while the large dark spot in the middle if the right
    wing is not (as probably other ones, for example the
    bright dot that seems to be outside the edge of the
    left side of the fuselage, at the limit between the bay
    and the cockpit)???
    At 15:48 19/04/2010, Ralf Vandebergh wrote:
    >Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 3:44 PM
    >Subject: Re: STS-131_2010/04/18_obs
    >Some additional views, little more contrast. Marked is the Payload,
    >the Multi Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo. This is the last time
    >we will see the module be carried back to Earth. the next time, it
    >will get permanently attached to the ISS.
    >Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 1:40 AM
    >Subject: STS-131_2010/04/18_obs
    >subject: STS-131_2010/04/18_obs
    >In fact I had to wait over 3 years to finally get a result like 
    >this, as all my earlier opportunities to capture a favorable shuttle 
    >pass were destroyed by clouds or bad lighting. That it succeeded yet 
    >before the shuttle retirement is a relief for my archieve! In fact 
    >you can see a sign of the MPLM in the Payload Bay, at least the 
    >forward edge of it. While I was tracking the telescope with one eye, 
    >I watched with the other eye along the tube, to enjoy the beautiful 
    >tandem, the shuttle was making part out of! 10 inch Newtonian, 
    >manually tracked.
    >Ralf Vandebergh
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