STS-99 over UK

From: Nick Budd (nick@nbudd.freeserve.co.uk)
Date: Mon Jan 17 2000 - 10:15:56 PST

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    Just thought I'd bore you with a copy of my posting re STS-91 in Jun 1998.
    
     >Just read that some of my European friends didn't get to see STS91 last
    night.
    > From southern UK, I saw it right on track as suggested by initial tles, at
    2227 UTC.
    > This was 3 mins earlier than expected but I just noticed that liftoff was
    2206 and not
    > 2210 that was presumably assumed for that tle. Mag at best was -1.0 but
    what was
    > apparent was something trailing it and at the same speed, probably mag
    0.0. What
    >was this? Obviously the SRB's had long since disappeared. What ever this
    was went
    > into earth shadow (I assume) about 10 secs before STS (lower orbit?) Any
    thoughts?
    
    
    Several helpful members pointed out that this was the external tank. I
    certainly recall
    that it appeared to be a reddish colour and that it appeared to tumble
    before finally
    disappearing. I was asked whether I had made more detailed timings, but I'm
    afraid
    I was so mesmerised by the whole thing that I didn't get a chance.
    Anyway, the point is, for UK viewers, (particularly northern UK) a real
    treat is on the cards.
    Now, if only we could get the weather to co-operate........
    Nick
    
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