ATV-3 seen: Video of ATV-3 and FIA Radar 1

From: Marco Langbroek (
Date: Wed Mar 28 2012 - 13:09:29 UTC

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    Hi all,
    ATV-3 was observed again from here (Leiden, the Netherlands) this morning at 
    5:39 am local time (3:39 UTC), a very fine pass! And the last view before 
    docking to ISS.
    I obtained photographs and a video, which all can be seen here:
    ATV-3 was about 3 minutes behind ISS appearing from earth shadow at 3:39 UTC (28 
    March). It was nice and bring, mag 0 to +1.
    The video at above URL shows 4 objects passing within a few minutes: first the 
    Soyuz r/b 99-039B (which was bright, +1) crossing Corona Borealis. A few seconds 
    later the ISS enters view in lower right emerging out of earth shadow near 
    Arcturus. The ISS is then followed through Hercules and Lyra untill we bump into 
    the FIA Radar 1 (going in the opposite direction, being retrograde!). Following 
    the FIA R1, we return to Bootes/Corona Borealis and see the ATV-3 come into 
    view, 3 minutes behind the ISS.
    - Marco
    Dr Marco Langbroek  -  SatTrackCam Leiden, the Netherlands.
    Cospar 4353 (Leiden):   52.15412 N, 4.49081 E (WGS84), +0 m ASL
    Cospar 4354 (De Wilck): 52.11685 N, 4.56016 E (WGS84), -2 m ASL
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