Discovery Ascent

From: Don Gardner (
Date: Sat Dec 09 2006 - 21:54:06 EST

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    Nice to have the night launches back.
    From Alpha Ridge Park in Maryland (39.3058 N, 76.8992 W, 146mALS):
    The shuttle was not an easy target until about T+ 6 minutes - then it was
    about -1.5 mag about as bright as Sirius.  I followed it in the eastern sky
    - about 8 deg above the horizon. It seem as though MECO was somewhat longer
    than T+ 8 minutes.   Using 7x50 binos I followed it for about another 90
    seconds and observed the short burns of the thrusters to maneuver the
    external fuel tank form the shuttle.
    I tried to capture it using a camcorder but it did not perform well in low
    light conditions.
    Don Gardner  
    39.1799 N, 76.8406 W, 100m ASL
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