Re: ISS and Atlantis observation

From: Mir16609@aol.com
Date: Sun Feb 18 2001 - 20:10:29 PST

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    In a message dated 2/18/01 7:02:50 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
    jayteepee@worldnet.att.net writes:
    
    > >Is it possible that Atlantis was flying in a position with the black 
    >  bottom >facing the Earth ?  This would explane its rather faint brightness.
    >  
    >  At this time the payload bay doors were closed in anticipation of 
    >  landing.  Also, the orbiter was in various flight profiles during the 
    >  day.  I assume to minimize heat collection without the payload bay 
    radiators.
    
    They may have opened them up again.  
    
    I observed Atlantis at 00:07 UTC, 19 February at 12 deg elevation in the 
    North.  It was visible at 1x and about a +1.5 mag.  It passed just over eta 
    Draco at 00:07:58 UTC.
    
    The ISS was visible at 1x, taking almost the same track about 2 minutes later 
    - passing just over eta Draco at 00:10:13 UTC.  It was copper colored and 
    about +1.0 mag.
    
    Cheers,
    Don Gardner  39.1799 N, 76.8406 W, 100m ASL
    http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/
    
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