ISS-Shuttle waterdump

From: Bruno Tilgner (
Date: Wed Aug 15 2001 - 04:24:22 PDT

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    Leo Barhorst wrote:
    >One orbit later, at 21:04 UT, I saw ISS low in the west-southwest at mag
    >When looking at it with my bino's I saw a comma-shaped cloud comming from
    >the back of the ISS-Shuttle.
    This "comet" was widely observed in France, Belgium and Switzerland.
    I saw it myself near Paris, France.
    A question arises: how is it possible that the cloud gets in front
    of the shuttle/ISS ? Is it an effect of perspective or does the
    cloud travel faster than the shuttle, either by being ejected
    forward or into a slightly lower orbit. I doubt that either would
    show up in matter of 5 minutes or so.
    Bruno Tilgner
    48.85N 2.02E UTC+2
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