Re: ISS - Atlantis

From: daniel crawford (djcunix@gmail.com)
Date: Wed Jun 20 2007 - 01:07:26 EDT

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    I had about a 16 degree pass here.  Very nice.  Both objects were
    (from my location) same color and both were about the same brightness.
    From visual observation, I would not have been able to figure which
    was the ISS or STS.
    
    
    As a side note, my 10 y/o son is in Florida this week.  I hope that he
    gets a chance to see the orbiter safely landing.  Together, we have
    several hundred ISS passes under our belt and it would be a real bonus
    for him to see a shuttle landing.  It really amazes me just how much a
    small hobby like this can influence a child.  It doubly amazes me just
    how fast the kids understand it!!!!
    
    Daniel Crawford
    
    Crystal, MN
    45.047N, 93.366W
    
    On 6/19/07, Daniel Deak <dan.deak@sympatico.ca> wrote:
    >
    > Hi Ted !
    >
    > I saw the same pass but by pure luck. Sky was almost overcast but I went
    > outside to watch just in case. Nothing was seen. I then got back inside the
    > house and decided after a few seconds to get out again realising I had still
    > about 30 seconds left before shadow entry. There they appeared at about
    > 02:36:15 UTC for about 5 or 6 seconds through a miraculous hole in the
    > clouds. A beautiful sight with ISS having a distinctive orange color
    > compared to the white trailing Shuttle. No reference stars were seen, so I
    > could not tell the magnitudes. They seemed about 2 degrees apart.
    >
    > Daniel Deak
    > Webmestre, site Obsat
    > Pompier, municipalite de L'Avenir, Quebec
    >
    > COSPAR site 1747 : 45.7275N, 72.3526W, 191 m., UTC-4:00
    >
    > Site en francais sur les satellites:
    > French-language satellite web site : http://www.obsat.com
    >
    > -----Message d'origine-----
    > De : Ted Molczan [mailto:sslmolcz@rogers.com]
    > Envoy : 19 juin 2007 22:54
    >  : SeeSat-L@satobs.org
    > Objet : RE: ISS - Atlantis
    >
    > I spotted them at 02:34 UTC, as they passed about 10 deg above the moon.
    > Beautiful sight, as always. ISS appeared to be yellowish; the shuttle white.
    >
    > I timed them as they appulsed a couple of stars in LEO. They were about 3.4
    > s apart = 26 km, about as predicted using the NASA elements I posted
    > earlier.
    >
    > Ted Molczan
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