ISS and Lacrosse 5

From: Gerhard HOLTKAMP (
Date: Fri Oct 27 2006 - 15:27:45 EDT

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    when I looked at the ISS pass (it's back to red again) at 18:00 UTC 
    (27-OCT-06) from my location (49.88N , 8.66E) I saw another bright object 
    which toward the North appeared to move on a similar orbit but slightly 
    slower and leading by one minute. I now realize it was just a perspective 
    effect lasting for no more than a minute and the leading satellite was 
    actually Lacrosse 5. I hadn't checked with Lacrosse so it came as a surprise 
    to me. Lacrosse 5 was at a bright mag 1 (or even better) and it remained at a  
    steady brightness - no flares or disappearances this time.
    Gerhard HOLTKAMP
    Darmstadt, Germany
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