Re: Vanishing Shuttle

Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Sun, 20 Jul 1997 14:04:16 -0500

Robert Reeves <rreeves@connecti.com> asked:

> Any ideas on the vanishing Shuttle?

I saw the Wednesday pass and noticed that it faded more/sooner than I
expected.

Since then I saw in photos that the behind, the rocket nozzle area, of 
the Shuttle, is pretty much black, so I would hypothesize that the cause 
of a vanishing Shuttle that is not going into shadow might be observing 
its black tail pretty much straight on, so that the wings, vertical 
stabilizer and body are in the least favorable orientation.  That would 
be a fairly rare but certainly possible observation, wouldn't it?

Ed Cannon
Austin, Texas, USA
30.3086N, 97.7279W, 165m