Fw: Space Shuttle Discovery orbit

From: Robert Holdsworth (robbonz1@xtra.co.nz)
Date: Fri Feb 25 2011 - 19:15:06 UTC

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    Was hoping to observe the pass in question myself but clouded out.
    Some better news, there are passes over New Zealand a few hours before 
    docking on Sunday morning our time, one pre and one post rendezvous firing 
    and it looks like they should be Ok for Auckland, though it will be getting 
    fairly light by the second pass.  The firing occurs just after the first 
    pass, wish I could grab a boat or plane and head for 51 degrees south or so 
    I have seen through binoculars a previous shuttle close to the ISS in a 
    similar timeframe  to the second pass in relation to  approach for docking, 
    it's a great sight and I would love to see your photo if successful.
    Weather prospects here are much better for me tomorrow morning than today
    I have not posted elements at this time, probably best to leave them till a 
    bit later to get them as accurate as possible though of course you may have 
    to work with projected ones for the post-firing pass.  However I imagine 
    that for that one the Space Station elements will probably suffice because 
    of  the craft's close proximity by then.
    Best wishes with the photo opportunity
    Robert Holdsworth
    New Zealand
    (PS in case anyone is concerned I am not in or near the earthquake zone 
    which is actually a relatively small but very devastated area, thanks to Ted 
    for checking at the time.)
    > John Burns wrote:
    >> Does anyone have any info on the orbit of Space Shuttle Discovery?
    >> In particular, I'm wanting to know roughly how many degrees
    >> ahead/behind the ISS it will be at 25 Feb 2011 @ 17:20UTC.
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