Re: shuttle and reentering ET visible ?

From: Markus Mehring (
Date: Thu May 10 2001 - 14:50:08 PDT

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    On Wed, 09 May 2001 22:20:54 +0200, you (Tristan Cools <>)
    >Here in Europe we do have opportunities to observe both the space shuttle
    >and the external tank separated some 20 minutes after launch with 51.6
    >degrees launches.
    When we're lucky enough to have the launch at just the right time, correct.
    >Can shuttle astronauts observe an ET reentering the atmosphere or are they
    >to occupied with making shuttle manoeuvres ?
    They do actually perform a maneuver immediately post-separation to get a
    good ET observation and photo opportunity, but this of course occurs rather
    early (ET sep is somewhere over the Atlantic, mind you), before any further
    OMS burn. My guess would be that later on they're already much too far away
    from the ET to have a reasonably good enough view on its reentry, besides
    them being busy with post-launch activities, and I can't recall any reports
    or photos.
    CU!	Markus
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