Re: STS 134 and ISS observed post final separation burn

From: Gavin Eadie (
Date: Mon May 30 2011 - 18:39:18 UTC

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    On May 30, 2011, at 6:15 AM, Ted Molczan wrote:
    > On 2011 May 30, at 08:39 UTC, shuttle Endeavour, on mission STS 134, made its final manoeuvre to separate from ISS. The
    > STORRM rendezvous test had just brought STS 134 back to ISS, to within about 300 m. During the period from 08:48 -
    > 08:50:30 UTC, I observed both objects on a pass that culminated at 89 deg. 
    I didn't have such a perfect zenith pass ~350Km WSW of you, Ted, but it was beautiful.  I picked it up as it came over at about 75 degrees elevation -- like your experience I couldn't resolve it with the naked eye but good binoculars made it a distinct double object.  I tracked it to about 45 degrees in the ENE (about over you, I expect!) as it went into trees.  I grabbed my camera as an afterthought and got three slightly out of focus (moral: leave your auto focus disabled, with the lens at infinity) 20 second trails through a clumpy overcast ceiling.  Ted'll see the enclosed best of three, the list filters images ..
    Gavin Eadie
    Ann Arbor, 42.2710N, 83.7260W
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