Seeing STS-74+Mir, and Atlantis reentry

DJLaszlo@aol.com
Mon, 6 Nov 1995 11:14:22 -0500

Mir's current orbit should provide predawn views in the US while Atlantis is
aloft.

We'll need some help from the gurus on this, but I believe even a daytime
reentry could produce phenomena visible to the unaided eye or binoculars.  At
least near the path, the Shuttle should be brighter than Venus, which is
visible in daylight with some practice.  The Shuttle's contrail might be
viewed in clear skies.  Tricks to darken the sky could be used, such as a red
filter, polarizer, or viewing from high elevation.  Could an infrared viewer
make the hot Shuttle stand out against a black sky?  Please get those answers
in before November 19!   :-)   Dan Laszlo.