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Friday, August 10, 2007


ISS and STS-118 in the morning

I got to see a lovely sight this morning. The International Space Station gliding over the Southern sky, followed a few minutes later by the Shuttle mission STS-118.

They weren't close together, as the picture above implies (see this post for an image when they were actually physically close). I've just stacked two successive images of the ISS (taken 6 seconds apart, that's why there are two bright streaks) with the two successive images of the shuttle which turned up 3 minutes later. They were in the sky together for around a minute though, on opposite horizons.

They were both quite bright, and the shuttle did a flare as it went below the horizon. With the crescent Moon rising on the eastern horizon, a very lovely morning.

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