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RE: Deorbit over Texas/south USA

>Unless I missed something, this is scheduled for 2000 - 2100 UTC, or 2 to 3
>PM MDT.  The sun might be pretty bright then.  Still a chance to see the
>shuttle coming down???  Maybe I missed something?

Sunset For Dallas 20:30 / 8:30 PM CDT ( Houston JSC time )

Deorbit  208/21:19:02  Orbit 79
EI       208/21:48:18   14 Deg 32 Min  N  157 Deg 29 Min  W   24.4  VELOCITY KFPS
MACH 2.5 208/22:13:31   28 Deg 04 Min  N   81 Deg 22 Min  W    2.4
MACH 1   208/22:15:40   28 Deg 35 Min  N   80 Deg 44 Min  W    0.9

MORE INFOMATION Via balloon mail group

From: "Doug Woodruff" <dwoodruff@Houston.GeoQuest.SLB.COM>
X-Comment: South Texas Balloon Launch Team

Hey everybody,

Tonight may be a great opportunity to see the space shuttle re-entering the
earth's atmosphere.  The first landing attempt puts the shuttle landing at
KSC at 10:20 pm tonight.  The ground track will be just north of Houston so
about 9:50pm tonight start looking to the west north west and see if the
shuttle can be seen.  It will be flying from west to east and hopefully
glowing still.  It may not pass over until a bit after 10pm.  The second
attempt on orbit 80 will be right over Houston about 90 minutes later if
they have to abort the first attempt.  Maybe we can see the glow.  Give
reports on the 145.470 and 444.600 repeaters if anyone sees anything.

I am looking at re-entry maps at




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