Re: STS91 sighting from UK

Neil Clifford (
Wed, 3 Jun 1998 20:37:09 +0100 (BST)

Nick Budd scribbles:
|>2210 that was presumably assumed for that tle. Mag at best was -1.0 but
|>what was apparent was something trailing it and at the same speed,
|>probably mag 0.0. What was this? Obviously the SRB's had long since
|>disappeared. What ever this was went into earth shadow (I assume) about
|>10 secs before STS (lower orbit?) Any thoughts?

Watching from Southern UK as well - this was the external tank, clearly
red in colo[u]r to my eye. Heavy cloud cover from my location (51.759N,
1.251W) but through the couple of gaps in the cloud I got the impression
that it was tumbling (on previous occasions it has always appeared to be
steady). Could have been mistaken though.

Neil Clifford *     *