Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Observation!

From: Rick Baldridge (
Date: Wed Oct 11 2000 - 21:39:09 PDT

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    From: "Jonathan T Wojack" <>
    > I would greatly appreciate it if someone could tell me how far the Space
    > Shuttle was from my location at my time of observation.  It is still
    > nearly impossible for me to grasp the fact that in only eight minutes, a
    > very large object ~ 1,000 km south of me, can parallel my position and
    > reach the upper levels of the atmosphere.  Eight minutes!!
    Slant range to Shuttle at closest point to Jonathan was approximately 549km
    about 480 seconds after launch.  The coordinates of the Shuttle's position
    at this point is about N35.869 W71.662 with the Shuttle's altitude being
    approximately 102.7km (based on STS-88 data, but should be pretty typical
    for most Shuttle/ISS launches).
    Campbell, CA
    37.2718 -121.9770
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