HTV Observation Second Orbit

From: Gerhard HOLTKAMP (
Date: Thu Sep 10 2009 - 20:33:47 UTC

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    HTV rose up almost vertically in the sky for its second pass here. It appeared 
    weak at first but picked up in magnitude to about mag 1 or better just 
    before shadow ingress which happened at 19:49:19 UTC, 10-SEP-09. It appeared 
    even more reddish than on the first pass.
    Like on the first pass I've seen only one object and I assume it was the HTV 
    rather than the booster. I'll have to check the Spacetrack TLEs to clear it 
    up. (Thanks Marco for the note on the availabilty of the elements).
    With good evening visibility over the next few days it will be interesting to 
    see the rendezvous with the ISS. 
    Gerhard HOLTKAMP
    Darmstadt, Germany
    49.8822N, 8.6558E
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