Re: Shuttle and ISS seen from Putnam Valley, NY

From: David I. Emery (
Date: Mon Mar 16 2009 - 01:16:16 UTC

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    On Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 08:57:00PM -0400, wrote:
    > Thankfully, a persistant cloud shield stayed  just far enough to our south 
    > for views of both Shuttle Discovery and, half an  hour later, the International 
    > Space Station.  My wife and two kids watched  for the Shuttle from in front of 
    > the Putnam Valley Elementary School, which  provided us a wide-open view to 
    > the south and southeast. The Shuttle appeared  about a half-minute before MECO 
    > (at 7:51 p.m. EDT), rising out of the low scud  clouds to the south-southeast. 
    	I saw it from Wayland Mass, from a site overlooking the Sudbury
    river. Saw MECO and the tank separation - and for me as well it appeared
    about a minute before MECO.
    	There were the usual bright brief white flashes after MECO I
    have seen before... and the orangy red flame before MECO.  And maybe 45
    seconds or so after MECO a more extended period of dim, but somewhat
    fluctuating brightness... almost seemed like the pattern of something
    	UHF AM voice radio signal on 259.7 was pretty strong...
      Dave Emery N1PRE/AE,  DIE Consulting, Weston, Mass 02493
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