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 Post subject: Is there a space shuttle currently orbiting the earth ?
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:19 pm 
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Last evening from my home town roughly 50 km south of Johannesburg at about 6:36 pm I saw an apparently fairly fast travelling and relatively low and large object pass overhead in a roughly north easterly direction (from the south west) .
Could it be a space shuttle or is it a large or low altitude satellite ?

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 Post subject: Re: Is there a space shuttle currently orbiting the earth ?
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:13 pm 
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You probably saw the International Space Station which was scheduled to have passed over Joburg in that direction about that time yesterday. The brightness was -3.5 which would have made it a good sighting. I missed it :( .

The next NASA space shuttle is apparently scheduled for November, don't know about Soyuz.


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 Post subject: Re: Is there a space shuttle currently orbiting the earth ?
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 8:10 pm 
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ISS is very easy to see, and your most likely candidate.

It won't be a soyuz, they are actually quite small, with few solar panels. And none is scheduled to arrive at ISS at the moment.

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 Post subject: Re: Is there a space shuttle currently orbiting the earth ?
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 9:03 am 
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Thanks folks , it reminded me of a similar sighting which was in fact a space shuttle passing over Olifants wilderness trails camp in the mid 90's (?) .

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