Re: ISS in daytime

From: Peter D (
Date: Sat Jul 28 2001 - 00:24:58 PDT

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    Hi to all,
    Mention of the EchoSatellites sure takes me back. At the age of seven or
    eight I spent an hour or two on many evenings standing outside hoping that
    one of them would pass over. At that time the whole idea of man made objects
    in space was new and very exciting. Those satellites which were easily
    visible in the evenings, were what got me interested in Astronomy in the
    first place.
    How much simpler it all is now, that we can download predictions and
    starmaps from the internet each night.
    Clear skies to all
    Peter D.
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Barker, Jefferson (JBARKER)" <>
    To: "Russell" <>; <>
    Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2001 5:08 AM
    Subject: RE: ISS in daytime
    > Even if Paul Hill were referring to orbiting manmade objects (as opposed
    > flying ones) I recall that NASA's Echo aluminized polyester balloon
    > satellites (Echo I - Aug 1960, Echo II - Jan 1964)  often reflected enough
    > sunlight to be faintly seen during the day.  The biggest problem was that
    > the early 1960's, without personal computers, modems and the internet,
    > people had no way to get pass predictions to know what they might happen
    > spot.  The Echo balloon satellites were definitely visible during optimal
    > satellite viewing conditions.
    > Jeff Barker
    > Leavenworth, Kansas, USA
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