From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Tue Jul 08 2003 - 03:50:44 EDT

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    After seeing the MER-B launch live on CNN (Thank you, CNN!),
    Mike McCants with Sue Worden and me as passengers went west
    of Austin.  We had moderately good luck with the weather.  
    The Delta second stage was visible without magnification for 
    much of its arc before entering eclipse.  None of us saw any 
    sign of the depletion burn, which I believe was still in 
    eclipse when it occurred.  Around 5:30 UTC Mike located the
    spacecraft with the 8-inch (200mm) scope.  But there began 
    to be some cloud interference, and it was of course rapidly 
    moving away, so after a few minutes it got away.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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