Atlantis and ET visibility during climb out

From: John Locker (
Date: Sat Aug 26 2006 - 12:06:07 EDT

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    Hi all,
    During a TAL pre launch link up  this afternoon there was some discussion 
    about ET photos  ( They apparently use 1/1000 F8 )...and it was mentioned 
    that the tank will only be in sunlight until 18 minutes after launch.
    By my reckoning that means that here in the UK , I might just get a glimpse 
    of it .... last time I saw , and imaged it was back in 2001.
    Has anyone any idea what the shuttle  vis over Europe will be ?
    ISS will pass over around an hour before . This means Atlantis will be 
    playing catch up for a mission day three rendezvous , but does it also mean 
    a very low elevation pass over Europe?
    Nothing up so far on Calsky or HA , so I'd welcome any guidance , although 
    suspect I'll be clouded out ( yet again ! )
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