Re: STS-112 and ISS

From: Robert G Fenske Jr (
Date: Wed Oct 16 2002 - 22:04:08 EDT

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    On Wed, 16 Oct 2002 wrote:
    > > Later (at about 20:09 EDT = Oct 17/00:09 UTC), we hope to see
    > > them again, this time low (~ 24 deg) in the SW.
    > The pass came as advertised - about a 14 second separation.
    > Atlantis was about a 0 mag - ths ISS about -1.5.  They passed
    > from the WNW to the SSW, peaking at about 35 deg above the
    > horizon.
    	Just viewed the pair on the orbit after the one described above.
    Caught sight of the Shuttle (which I am assuming was leading) around 5 deg
    above the NW horizon, then ISS soon after.  That low in the sky they were
    about 1 deg apart.  Opposite to that noted above, I had STS-112 the brighter
    of the two.  It got to -1 before entering shadow, while ISS peaked about +1.
    I followed the Shuttle with binocs as it entered shadow; I was able to see it
    as a faint orange dot for much longer than I expected.  Once it vanished I
    swung down to view ISS but it must have been already too deep in the shadow
    as I couldn't find it.
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