Re: Maybe STS-92?

From: Jim S (jsebolt@genie.idt.net)
Date: Thu Oct 12 2000 - 18:01:39 PDT

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    On Thu, 12 Oct 2000, Thomas A. Troszak wrote:
    
    > Just happened to be outside and caught a pass of something very bright
    > and fast traveling from SSW passing through approx. 30 Degrees ESE 
    > headed to NE at about 19:15:00 EST. Sorry I don't have more exact times
    > and directions.
    > 
    > The sky was still bluish, and whatever this was was maybe mag.-1.5 or
    > -2.  It started to fade slightly as it got low to the NE. No vapor, or
    > noise, or blinking, just silvery white.  I'm 99.998 percent sure this
    > was a satellite of some kind.
    > 
    > It occurs to me that I have a prediction for ISS for a WNW to NNW pass
    > almost exactly 90 minutes later, at 20:47:12.   Seems about one rev
    > worth, could I possibly have seen STS-92 "chasing" the ISS, or are they
    > already there?  I missed the launch through sheer busy-ness, phoo.
    > 
    > I would be checking this out on Heavens Above, but it seems to be on the
    > blink. If anyone has any clues, I'd appreciate it.
    > -- 
    > Tom Troszak,
    > Asheville, NC, USA
    > 35.601 N, -82.554 W
    > mailto:tom@bullhammer.com
    
    I observed from Massachusetts about the time you specified both a bright 
    pass by ISS followed about 8 minutes later by a much dimmer Shuttle 
    Discovery which entered shadow as it moved SE of me.  If it helps, the 
    QuickSat prediction I used to predict this pass is included below:
    
      42.067  72.598   66.
     
    ***  2000 Oct  12  Thu evening  *** Times are PM EDT  ***  19 3  610
     
     H  M  S Tim Al AziC Dir  Mag Dys F  Hgt Shd  Rng  R A  Dec RCS  Name
     
     7 11 46  .0 18 206  316  1.3   1 2  241 203  643 1757-25.6  93  ISS           
     7 12 17  .0 24 200  311   .5   1 2  241 186  533 1830-22.1
     7 12 47  .0 31 189  305  -.2   1 2  241 166  436 1916-16.7
     7 13 17  .0 39 171  292  -.9   1 2  241 143  366 2019 -8.5
     7 13 48  .0 44 142C 271 -1.4   1 3  241 117  337 2137  2.5
     7 14 18  .0 40 111  249 -1.4   1 3  241  88  361 2259 12.8
     7 14 48  .0 32  92  236 -1.0   1 3  241  55  428  0 9 19.4
     7 15 19  .0 24  81  229  -.4   1 3  241  19  522  1 1 22.6
     
     7 20  2  .0 18 198  301   .2   0 0  117  31  344 1839-28.2      STS-92
     7 20 16  .0 22 190  297  -.4   0 0  117  19  294 1915-25.8
     
    
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