Friday, September 11, 2009

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-128

Yesterday it was a close call whether I would see the Space Shuttle Discovery STS-128 or not. A large field of clouds passed in late twilight, and only moved away some 10 minutes before the Shuttle pass. The clouds made me miss the newly launched Japanese HTV cargo ship to the ISS.

But the clouds moved away in time, and there it was: about mag. +2 to +2.5 and fast, and...39 seconds early on predictions based on orbital elements of earlier that day.

Three minutes later, the ISS sailed by in its majestic fashion.

The image below shows the shuttle passing through Ophiuchus.

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