International Space Station

William F. Kitching (
Wed, 29 Jul 1998 17:48:32 +0100

As you may be aware I am a beginner. Enjoying this hobby very much though.

MIR has been quite nice this last week, though cloudy weather does not help.
So have the Iridium Flares, though I find some flare dimmer than predicted,
whilst others do indeed reach -4 to -6.

Seeing MIR the other night made me wonder. Come June 99 we shall loose that
familiar & much loved object  in the sky. So, we have to wait for the
International Space Station. Now my question. Firstly does anyone have any
idea yet of its orbit yet? I ask because what I am worried about is whether
it will have an orbit similar to MIR's, where everyone gets a look in some
time or other, or, will it be like Hubble, never getting above the horizon

I hope some one can put my mind at rest as I would imagine the ISS would be
a lot brighter than MIR, so a nice sight to see.

73's de William, in Telford, Shropshire, ENGLAND.
{52 degrees North, 2 degrees West}.

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