Re: Question about STS-116 launch times

From: Robert (
Date: Fri Dec 08 2006 - 20:21:51 EST

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    A quick question from me based on this discussion.  After Christian's reply, I loaded in the latest ISS TLE's and looked at things in STS Plus.
    I see that at KSC's latitude, the ISS makes a pass just east of KSC Saturday evening and in the next pass of the KSC vicinity, the orbit crosses west of KSC.  
    From that info, it tells me the ISS plane crosses KSC at some other point in the orbit.
    How do you calculate at what point later in that orbit that the ISS orbit plane goes over KSC?  I know the NASA launch time given is 8:47 PM ET but I"d like to see if there is some simple way for me to do my own calculations just to have a better understanding of calculating plane crossings.
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