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FW: Outstandig View

-----Original Message-----
From: Ray Webber [mailto:web@global.co.za]
Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 1998 10:09 AM
I also love watching satellites, and Mir is about the best, I guess due to
its size.  The regular ones I see are the Hubble telescope, Mir, GRO, and
UARS.  Then the shuttles, when their orbits co-incide with the visable
periods at my location.  I find that the best times to see them are between
about 45 minutes after sunset and about 2 hours after sunset.  Then again in
the mornings, between 2 hours and 45 minutes before sunrise.
You mentioned 22h14 zulu.  What local time is that at your place?
I did check the pass times of the shuttle and Mir during the current
mission, but they did not co-incide with visable passes over here in
Pretoria, South Africa.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-sarex@AMSAT.org [mailto:owner-sarex@AMSAT.org]On Behalf Of
Francisco Costa
Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 1998 2:11 AM
To: sarex@AMSAT.org
Subject: Outstandig View

Hi Shuttle/MIR fans

I was monitoring MIR packet PMS (between 2214-2224z)
when an idea crossed my mind: check if MIR was visible!
And it was! There it was, the tiny dot moving so fast, so smooth.
I was so absorved by that I didn't pay attention to the other dot
behind. In a fraction of second I knew what it was: the shuttle!
What an outstanding view!!! It was so exciting as when I saw MIR the 1st
I tracked both for a minute and then, when the were about to reach
maximum elevation, they fade in the dark...
WOW, what a night!

73 F.Costa, CT1EAT

P.S. Sorry, I know it's a bit out topic, but I had to share this
     with you. At least I know you understand what I'm feeling. Thanks!