End of an Era: Visually observing ISS and Shuttle flying in formation


At 0839UTC, observing from Barbados, I saw what is, in my opinion,...The ninth wonder of the modern World....

Saw both the Shuttle and the ISS, flying in formation. Just a fraction of a second apart, but both dots of light clearly visible.

ISS was shining brilliantly. Almost as bright as Jupiter (which it appeared to pass close to from my viewing location). The shuttle was leading it by just a half, or quarter of a second or so.

Perfect view for the first half of the pass. The second half, from the highest point all the way down to the horizon, was obscured by cloud.

I hope you managed a glimpse...

"Safe travels, Atlantis".

8P6UK – Tue, 2011 – 07 – 19 04:59

observing ISS

I was home on thanksgiving at my dads house, and he had cable tv. He had NASA television. It was the coolest thing. I got to see the exbitition 30 and I got a tour of the international space station cupla. I enjoyed watching NASA tv at my dads house and I wish I had NASA tv so I could see more from the ISS. I know there is going to be another crew coming to your space station soon and give my regards to Dan Burbank. I hope he continues to do the good work he is doing right now, he's the man for the job! I hope that the new crew can reply to me when they get this message.

Submitted by 007 space man on Mon, 2011-12-05 16:09.

Saw Endeavour on Final Flight

I checked viewing opportunities for STS-135 prior to the STS-134 launch and realized I wouldn't have an opportunity to see Atlantis and ISS together, so I took advantage of an opportunity to see Endeavour and ISS about four hours after separation on 30 May 2011. As with your observation, there was very little separation between the two, and if I had not seen ISS before, I might have been fooled into thinking the two were a single object.

I have an inexpensive camera that has the ability to take night images with an exposure time of 15, 30 or 60 seconds. I did a site survey the day before the sighting opportunity and determined the best location to try to take a 60 second exposure as the pair came rising out of eclipse at about 25 degrees elevation.

ISS and Endeavour appeared right on schedule, and I started the exposure as soon as I sighted the pair. The photo came out great, although the latter parts of the tracks are obscured by trees. ISS and Endeavour have apparent motion toward Polaris more or less, so the slight apparent motion of stars in the exposure is perpendicular to their tracks.

Grab a snapshot while you can...

Submitted by AL0I on Tue, 2011-07-19 23:32.

ISS/Endeavour pix

I'd like to see the picture, if possible. Your email address at qrz.com is bouncing. cq.8p6uk@gmail.com

Submitted by 8P6UK on Sun, 2011-07-24 15:21.

It's my first time to visit

It's my first time to visit this site and I'll be very honest, I really don't know anything about ISS but as I was reading the information here, I now have a clear picture of it my mind. I also wanted to share some information with you which you might also wanna know. I came across a certain page just a couple of days ago, it says there that the space shuttle Atlantis has just come back from a quick venture to the ISS. It was the last flight a space shuttle will ever take. Until a new space car is ready for use by National Aeronautics and Space Administration, it probably will not be able to send up any astronauts on its own. The Russian space agency will have to be the sole source of space transport for the time being. I found this here: Last shuttle flight ends as Atlantis lands

Submitted by latrellS on Tue, 2011-07-26 01:47.

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