Re: Shuttle and ET

From: Gunnar Glitscher (
Date: Wed Jun 05 2002 - 19:16:04 EDT

Hi Leo,

Congratulations! Most of Germany was outclouded. At my place no
chance too... :-(

Best regards,

Gunnar Glitscher, Darmstadt, Germany
49.85N 8.65E

Leo Barhorst schrieb am 06.06.2002:
>Just saw the launch of Endeavour on NASA-TV via Internet.
>At about 18 minutes after launch I got outside and was lucky that
>the sky had broken a bit. few stars could be seen.
>At 21:44 UT I saw low on the western horizon a brillant light in 
>between some clouds.
>After emerging from this cloud I saw the shuttle and about half a 
>degree lower the External Tank.
>STS-111 was about mag -4, as bright as Venus. The ET was
>dark orange and about mag 2. After about 30 sec the ET became
>brighter and got to mag -1. The both of them passed just under
>Spica (Alpha Virgo).
>A beautifull sight the very bright white dot of Endeavour and the 
>somewhat dimmer bright orange dot of the ET moving close
>The ET stayed several seconds that bright, dimmed to about mag 4
>again and got again brighter to about mag 1 and then dimmed  
>gradually until disappearing in the earth's shadow. Estimated period 
>about 10 seconds. Haven't seen these brightness variations with ET's.
>Was is slowly tumbling?
>Several seconds later the shuttle also faded away.
>It was worth it staying up late to see the launch and the nice pass
>of the
>two sats. Had they launched on time several days ago they would have
>been in shadow while passing over here.
>Greetings and clear, dark skies
>Leo Barhorst Medemblik
>52.76350 N  5.09114 E  2 m ASL
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