Fw: STS/ISS separation and Progress M01M rocket onserved

From: Robert Holdsworth (robbonz1@xtra.co.nz)
Date: Sat Nov 29 2008 - 03:59:39 UTC

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    Seems this message may have gone down a dark hole, possibly owing to 
    problems with email after the connection problem referred to below. Murphy 
    active again!   As I had been out for several hours I wasn't able to check 
    until now and the rocket body is almost history.
    In view of the special nature of the first observation trying again.
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Robert Holdsworth" <robbonz1@xtra.co.nz>
    To: "Seesat List" <SeeSat-L@satobs.org>
    Sent: Saturday, November 29, 2008 5:36 AM
    Subject: STS/ISS separation and Progress M01M rocket onserved
    > At 1507 UTC (0407 local time) - not accurate to the second as I awaited
    > shadow exit of the ISS and STS I observed three regular bright flashes 
    > about
    > a second apart.  These seemed  too regular to be meteors. The spacecraft
    > then emerged from shadow just at that point.
    > Murphy's law was in full operation and my internet connection had been 
    > down
    > for several hours so I could not monitor the status of the spacecraft in
    > real time, and returned not long after the observations.
    > However looking at the status reports on Spaceflightnow the flyaround 
    > commenced at 1510 UTC so it seems likely that the flashes I saw were 
    > probably  a firing of the shuttle's engines to commence the flyaround.
    > There was no obvious separation between ISS and STS at the time but this 
    > is
    > not surprising because they were only feet apart.
    > Also caught the subsequent pass of the decaying rocket body 33444 from the
    > Progress launch. It is a definite flasher with a period of approximately 3
    > seconds.  Not timed, I had enough on my plate, was observing this 1x and
    > then binoculars and was still recovering from the excitement of the 
    > previous
    > observation- would you believe I completely forgot to check the time!
    > However I am aware it was
    > ahead of the predictions I had but these were out of date owing to the
    > connection failure.
    > Robert Holdsworth
    > Wainuiomata
    > New Zealand
    > 174.948E
    > 41.261S
    > Robert
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