Re: STS-94 Reentry

Fri, 18 Jul 1997 00:16:42 -0400 (EDT)

On Thu, 17 Jul 1997, Robert Reeves wrote:  

> I watched it pop out of the shadow right on time as it approached the 
>meridian, brighten to about -2 mag, travel for about 40 degrees, then 
>vanish! (or at least quickly drop below mag 2 and slightly less) > > I
have never seen an orbiter dissapear like that.  Granted, it was going >
toward sunrise and the phase angle was getting lousy, but I saw STS-94 at
 > mag -1 at the same phase yesterday.  That puppy is too big to not
reflect a > lot of sunlight regardless of what attitude it is in.  
> > Any ideas on the vanishing Shuttle? 

I too, have seen shuttle disappear amazingly fast during am passes.  I 
remember the first time.  I looked away for a short time and when I 
looked back, it was gone.  I couldn't beleive it got so faint, so fast.

Jay Respler
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