Shuttle Atlantis and ISS seen

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Tue Sep 19 2000 - 03:49:13 PDT

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    On 2000 Sep 19 at 10:23 UTC, I saw Shuttle Atlantis leading ISS by 30 seconds
    in time.
    At culmination, 51 deg above my northern horizon, they were 27 deg apart.
    During their approach, through culmination, Atlantis was about 0.5 to 1
    magnitude brighter than ISS, but it faded much more rapidly than ISS as they
    moved into the bright eastern twilight.
    I have made many interesting satellite observations, but those involved human
    flight have always been the most moving. A truly beautiful sight!
    Ted Molczan
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