ISS to be visible in daylit skies (?)

From: Stephan Szyman (szymanss@hotmail.com)
Date: Sat Jul 15 2006 - 19:38:16 EDT

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    from the washington post, july 16th:
    
    "...If all goes as well as the space shuttle's current flight, at the end of 
    2007 the station will have redesigned air-conditioning and electrical 
    systems, a new docking port for the shuttle and four sets of solar arrays 
    instead of one, giving the station a rotating span an acre in size to draw 
    power from the sun."
    
    "You can see it now, when it goes over at night," said Paul Hill, the 
    mission's lead flight director. "But with the new arrays, the station will 
    become the first man-made object in orbit that you can see with the naked 
    eye during daylight."
    
    
    obviously, mr. hill hasn't seen a daytime iridium flare;  this aside,  is 
    there any credence to what he has stated,  that the station will be visible 
    during daylight passes?
    
    I doubt the addition of the new arrays and modules will change the station's 
    intrinsic brightness by too much, and I'd think in order to be visible 
    during daylight the brightness would need to reach at least -5 or perhaps 
    -6?
    
    
    clear skies!
    
    stephan szyman
    chicago IL USA
    41.6840N, 87.7000W; 188 msl
    
    
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