ANDE deployment

From: Leo Barhorst (
Date: Thu Dec 21 2006 - 13:52:01 EST

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    Just watched the ANDE deployment from the shuttle bay.
    The buswas launched nicely and about 30 sec later seperated in three parts.
    The upper bus trhan released the AMDE MAA satellite, a 19 inch black and 
    white sphere. The collar in between seperates nicely, but the FCal sat 
    didn't came out of the lower bus.
    Both busses and the collar were slowly tumbling; the ANDE MAA seems stable.
    Perhaps the FCal sat will deploy also??
    Some nice objects to observe if the weather will cooperate.
    Greetings and clear skies
    Leo Barhorst - Medemblik - The Netherlands
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