ISS and Atlantis observation

From: Tristan Cools (
Date: Sun Feb 18 2001 - 13:55:44 PST

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    This evening February 18 I both saw Atlantis and ISS.
    I almost missed Atlantis because it was rather faint, mag +2.  I expected
    it to be much brighter.  My observation of STS98 came at 17h58m UTC and
    this was, if I am correct, presumed to be the last orbit of STS98 before
    landing but this is postponed untill tomorrow.
    Is it possible that Atlantis was flying in a position with the black bottom
    facing the Earth ?  This would explane its rather faint brightness.
    ISS was following at aproximately 17h59m UTC mag -1.
    Tristan Cools
    Belgian Working Group Satellites(BWGS)
    Damse Vaart: 3.2478E/51.2277N - OBS place 1
    Ryckevelde:  3.2856E/51.2045N - OBS place 2
    Brugge:      3.2166E/51.2104N - OBS place 3(home)
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