STS-77's laser observed

Kalirai, Kulbinder (kkalirai@nettally.com)
Thu, 23 May 1996 06:06:43 -0400

This on the first clear morning since the launch on Sunday, I observed STS-77 
at 5:10am local time in Tallahassee (height 0.030 lat 30.4450 lon -84.2817 
zone -400).

STS-77   1996 MAY 23 (THU)   TleAge 0.4 days
   Time   Az El  R.A.    Dec   Range SES SEO Phs R Mag   Alt  Lat    Lon
 0506:00 244  3 14h39m -20 30'  1024 -15 -18 160 * 0.4   179 23.3N  98.3W
 0507:00 245  8 14h57m -16 50'   763 -11 -18 163 *-0.3   179 25.4N  94.8W
 0508:00 246 17 15h25m -10 40'   507  -7 -17 166 *-1.2   179 27.4N  91.2W
 0509:00 250 39 16h28m   5 30'   273  -3 -17 152 *-2.5   179 29.3N  87.5W
+0510:00  41 69 20h56m  45 10'   190   1 -17  86 *-2.5   179 31.0N  83.6W
+0511:00  59 26  0h57m  38 30'   377   5 -17  43 * 0.3   179 32.6N  79.5W
+0512:00  61 12  1h55m  31  0'   625   8 -17  30 * 2.2   179 34.1N  75.3W
+0513:00  62  6  2h21m  26 50'   885  12 -17  24 * 3.4   179 35.4N  71.0W
 0514:00  63  1  2h38m  24  0'  1147  16 -16  19 * 4.4   179 36.5N  66.5W

What a pleasant surprise when I saw that the shuttle's laser was on!!! 
Reminded me a bit of the TSS experiment earlier this year. The laser could be 
seen extending from the front of the shuttle to the horizon, an angular 
distance of almost 40 degrees with a width of about 0.2-0.4 degrees. Well 
worth getting up early for. 

Signing off now, got some sleep to catch up on.

kkalirai@nettally.com