Re: Kudos to Cees!

From: C. Bassa via Seesat-l <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2022 10:27:04 +0100
Hi Art,

I'm glad to hear many people got to see the fuel dump! Many thanks for
sharing these images and videos. The one with Orion really gives a
sense of size and brightness.

While fuel dumps occur on most launches, they predominantly occur at
low altitudes, either for payloads inserted into low Earth orbit or
into geostationary transfor orbit. Hence, they are rarely visible from
a given location, and if so the location of the Sun will be crucial to
have the observer in darkness but the rocket in sunlight.

In September 2021 I managed to observe my first fuel dump with the
LandSat 9 launch, which was a very impressive sight. As that event was
also somewhat predictable, I didn't share it with others as I wasn't
sure if it would be visible. Afterwards I regretted that decision, and
hence for the GSSAP launch, for which the fuel dump was quite
predictable, I decided to share it widely.

I'll keep an eye out for any future launches that may be visible.

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