Re: Shenzhou 6 return details

From: satcom (john@satcom.freeserve.co.uk)
Date: Sun Oct 16 2005 - 04:34:12 EDT

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    I think some of the images Jin mentions were used by CCTV over the weekend.
    
    I have a short clip , 3mb in wmv format , which shows amateurs imaging  both 
    objects.
    Please drop me a line if you would like a copy.......
    
    John
    
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "J. Zhu" <jinzhu@bjp.org.cn>
    To: "Ted Molczan" <seesat@rogers.com>
    Cc: "seeSat-L" <seeSat-L@satobs.org>; "zln_zhang2005" 
    <zln_zhang2005@hotmail.com>; "kouwen" <kouwen@bjp.org.cn>; "jinzhu" 
    <jinzhu@bjp.org.cn>; "universezx" <universezx@bjp.org.cn>
    Sent: Sunday, October 16, 2005 5:16 AM
    Subject: RE: Shenzhou 6 return details
    
    
    > >Ted Molczan wrote:
    >>
    >>I estimate that retrofire is planned for 2005 Oct 16, about 19:46:35 UTC, 
    >>over
    >>24.1 S, 7.0 E, with touchdown near 20:32 UTC..
    >
    > From the current orbit, it seems that Shenzhou 6 will pass Beijing at 
    > about
    > 20:20 UTC, which is just about 30 minutes after the estimation time of
    > retrofire. So what would that influence the orbit and observation 
    > condition in
    > Beijing?
    >
    > By the way, some current observations:
    >
    > The weather in Beijing was bad for Oct. 13 morning.
    >
    > My colleagues and some amateurs watched Shenzhou 6 and its rocket in Oct. 
    > 14 morning
    > at Juyongguan Great Wall, took some pictures and also video (via Watec 
    > 902H). Paul
    > Maley was also there and made his observations. At that time I was on a 
    > train from
    > Hefei to Beijing, and should be passing some place near Tianjin, and I did 
    > see the
    > spaceship through the window before it reached the Big Bear, but then the 
    > train turned
    > around and I could not see the later path. The weather was quite good.
    >
    > It was also very clear for next day (Oct. 15 morning) and I went to 
    > Juyongguan Great Wall
    > with my colleages. Everything was okey and we saw the spaceship and the 
    > rocket, also with
    > camera and video.
    >
    > This morning (Oct. 16) we went to Bei'anhe and made similiar observations. 
    > It was
    > cloudy after midnight but was clear before the prediction time.
    >
    > The predictions are quite accurate and the objects seems 1-2 magnitude 
    > brighter than
    > expected. My colleagues should post the link for pictures etc. later. Some 
    > already
    > presented on newspapers and TV programs.
    >
    > Thanks for the helps!
    >
    > With best regards, Jin
    > 
    > 2005-10-16
    > =========================================================
    > Dr. Jin Zhu                         Tel.: +86-10-51583002
    > Director, Beijing Planetarium             +86-13601369613
    > No. 138 Xizhimenwai Street           fax: +86-10-68353003
    > Beijing 100044, CHINA            email: jinzhu@bjp.org.cn
    > =========================================================
    
    
    
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