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Tantalus

The Final SpaceShuttle Missions

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Here's to Discovery, 30 years in service and it was the shuttle that took the Hubble Space Telescope up there :rolleyes:

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You will possibly be able to see it weather permitting.

Fingers crossed the forecast of clear ish skies holds then :rolleyes:

And cheers for the info!

Edited by Richard C
Added thank you note

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You will possibly be able to see it weather permitting.

Saturday 26 February 2011 - 18h34m29s

Appears 18h34m29s 4.8mag az:238.8° WSW horizon

Culmination 18h39m18s -0.5mag az:161.6° SSE h:35.8°

distance: 580.7km height above Earth: 356.1km elevation of sun: -10°

Disappears 18h41m18s 0.4mag az: 99.7° E h:15.7°

Saturday 26 February 2011 - 20h09m28s

Appears 20h09m28s 1.7mag az:264.4° W horizon

Disappears 20h12m53s -1.8mag az:252.0° WSW h:24.4°

Docked with ISS but will only be able to see it for a sort duration and will be low @ 24 degrees.

Sunday 27 February 2011 - 19h00m28s

Appears 19h00m28s 2.4mag az:254.0° WSW horizon

Culmination 19h05m21s -4.0mag az:171.9° S h:51.7°

distance: 446.6km height above Earth: 356.4km elevation of sun: -13°

Disappears 19h06m34s -3.5mag az:109.3° ESE h:28.6°

Steve

Where was that data from Steve?

Heavens Above shows quite different times on the website for Saturday.

18:11 and 19:41 if I'm reading it right.

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Where was that data from Steve?

Heavens Above shows quite different times on the website for Saturday.

18:11 and 19:41 if I'm reading it right.

These were from 'Calsky', but for my location in Leeds, but before the launch, so may change slightly due to the delayed launch.

Now it looks as thought it will not be a visible pass on Saturday before docking (well according to Heavens Above). Calsky says different

Steve

Edited by Steve25

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Just checked Calsky for my location in Weston-super-Mare and it's pretty much the same as what you put above.

Would have been nice to see correlation with HA. Who to believe????? I know what I'm hoping for.... :rolleyes:

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Does anyone know what time the docking is taking place? I'd like to watch the TV coverage but I can't find a time anywhere.

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HA now shows the shuttle passing over a few minutes before the ISS. Surely the ISS should be first???

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Does anyone know what time the docking is taking place? I'd like to watch the TV coverage but I can't find a time anywhere.

To answer my own question, 1916 GMT according to space.com

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I saw the station for a few brief seconds through a gap in the clouds, but didn't get a visual on the Shuttle. Does anyone know if it will still be making passes when it undocks?

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The current 12 day plan shows it undocks at 12:44 GMT on the 5th Mar, and landing 2 days later. HA shows that there should be two visible passes before landing - one later on on the 5th, and one pass on the 6th.

There is a chance that the mission will be extended by one day, so it'll then undock on the 6th and land on the 8th, if it is then you should still get two passes, just a day later...

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Re- your earlier post george...

I struggle to see anything more than basic details on these craft, but then my eyesight isn't the best. What sort of detail are you able to make out on the ISS and on the Shuttle, and with what sort of magnification?

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I heard from someone else who saw it, and apparently they were only visble as one dot, so I did see them both - can anyone confirm?

Tantalus - I have used up to 90X, and when you can get it still enough in the FOV (which is the real problem) you can see the solar panels, individual modules, central truss and even the texture on the panels. It gave me a shock when I first saw the detail. Shuttle should be visible.

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I heard from someone else who saw it, and apparently they were only visble as one dot, so I did see them both - can anyone confirm?

I saw it on Saturday 18:38 and with naked eye is was a single point of light. Through the finderscope it appeared as 2 points of light. And I actually managed to get this photo which I posted here, which I'm very pleased with.

http://stargazerslounge.com/imaging-widefield-special-events-comets/131882-photo-iss-discovery.html

Edited by digitalight

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