ISS and Atlantis

Date: Sun Sep 03 2006 - 16:06:51 EDT

  • Next message: Lutz Schindler: "Obs 03.09.06"

    I'm not sure if anyone answered this question previously, so I apologize
    if this sounds repetitive.  
    With the launch of Atlantis scheduled for 12:29 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, I am 
    wondering how far ahead of it in their respective 51.6-degree orbits the ISS 
    will be at that moment?  
    On Wednesday evening, about 7 hours after Atlantis is launched, the ISS will 
    pass over the Greater New York Area around 7:30 p.m. EDT.  
    This will be a very high pass -- roughly 70-degrees max. altitude -- going 
    from NW to SE.  Unfortunately, the sky may be a bit too bright to get a good 
    look since this will only come about 10 minutes after sunset and midway through 
    civil twilight; the Sun will only be about 3-degrees below the horizon (this is 
    probably why Heavens-Above does not list this pass).  
    My question is, how much longer will New Yorkers have to wait before Atlantis 
    shows up?  Obviously, the longer the wait . . . the darker the sky and better 
    the odds of making a sighting.
    On Thursday evening, there will be a relatively low pass (~21-degrees) over 
    in the southwest at around 7:54 p.m. EDT.  But that's only about 12-hours 
    before Atlantis docks with the ISS, so would we see both ISS and the orbiter close 
    together, in tandem fashion?
    At the moment, NASA has not posted the new preliminary ELSET data for the 
    upcoming mission, so there is no way I can generate any preliminary sighting 
    info, but I'm curious if anyone could make an educated guess as to where Atlantis 
    would be relative to the ISS on one or both of the above evenings?
    Happy Labor Day to all!
    -- joe rao
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