Re: STS-73 reentry, Nov 5 1995

Josh R. Williams (sponge@rocco.nebula.org)
Sun, 5 Nov 1995 14:14:28 -0500 (EST)

Does anyone have any information as to what the orbits of Mir And STS-74, 
will be later this month... Do you think we might get lucky and see a 
re-entry of the shuttle, above 40 degrees Latitude, I had 4 
oppertunitiese to see the Shuttle pass over earlier this wek but our 
favorite weather phenomenon happened! Yep you guessed it, it rained all 
week... TIA for any help you can give me...

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Josh R. Williams			      Latitude: 41 deg 59' 29"
E-Mail: sponge@rocco.nebula.org              Longitude: 83 deg 27' 41"  

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On Sun, 5 Nov 1995 DJLaszlo@aol.com wrote:

> From:  Dan Laszlo, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
> 
> STS-73 treated us to a fine show on reentry this morning.  The path was about
> 550 km south of here, and Columbia was at a stated altitude of about 95 km,
> according to NASA TV.  It was a yellow, magnitude minus 2 to 3 object.
> Picture a typical bright satellite pass, in which the satellite draws its
> path on the sky.  The trail persisted several minutes (3 minutes and 20
> seconds to J. Brower).  The path was nearly parallel to the south horizon,
> reaching approximately 8 degrees elevation, estimated, at most.  I did not
> hear a sonic boom in 20 minutes after the pass.  However, there was an
> amazing amount of noise in the wee morning hours in the neighborhood, from
> vehicles, honking geese and yowling coyotes.  
> 
> For the future, if you can find an unobstructed horizon, the reentering
> Shuttles can be easily visible for 200 miles (440 km) and more on either side
> of their path, if they cross the middle of the US.  It's definitely worth
> trying to spot them!  Regards, Dan Laszlo.
> 
>