IAE re-entry time?

Philip Chien (kc4yer@amsat.org)
Thu, 23 May 1996 08:43:25 -0400

whl@mcs.com (William Leininger) stated:

>At about 5:20 am CDT (+/- a minute), on the morning of May 22, I was
>standing on what my GPS receiver tells me is 34 degrees 9 minutes 7 seconds
>north Latitude, 89 degrees 37 minutes 58 seconds west Longitude, trying to
>use the extrapolated elements posted the day before by Alan Pickup to see
>the IAE.
>How certain is the re-entry time given today?  And what else might I have seen?

Well, NASA's public affairs office said something about reentry occuring
over the Atlantic some time between 4:30 and 10:30 am -- which, if you
think about it, is a pretty big range of time.  But I'll hold my tounge
about public affairs types.

The entry time was almsot certainly about 4:30 CDT +/- 10 minutes, well
before your observation.

You almost certainly saw the shuttle Endeavour!

do note that everybody who saw IAE as independent spacecraft also got to
see the shuttle following behind, and some folks were also lucky enough to
see Spartan.

Philip Chien, Earth News - space writer and consultant  PCHIEN@IDS.NET
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