RE: Question on Discovery shuttle's "tail"

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Thu Sep 10 2009 - 02:14:21 UTC

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    Bob King wrote:
    > Hi everyone,
    > I've been a member of this list a long time and have heard mention
    > over the years of water dumps from the space shuttle. I just finished
    > watching the double flyby of Discovery and the ISS under a partly
    > cloudy sky at 1:38 UT. While the station looked like a brilliant star
    > that faded and brightened as it went through clouds, Discovery had a
    > faint, curved, tail-like appendage that extended about a degree (maybe
    > 1.5 degrees at most) to the southwest. It remained visible throughout
    > the pass. Was this a water dump or ...? If it was, it's my first
    > sighting of such. Thanks for your help.
    Indeed it was. Page 3-44 of the execute package, lists several water dumps to be
    carried out by Pilot Ford, over a several hour period around the time of your
    Ted Molczan
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