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Night Shuttle launch visible tonight

ISS Amateur Radio Status: November 10, 2002

Shuttle Night launch Visible:
New ISS crew:

By Miles Mann WF1F,
MAREX-NA (Manned Amateur Radio Experiment, North American Division)

Shuttle Night launch Visible:
The Shuttle STS-113 will be launched to the International Space Station
at 11:59                                        p.m. CST Sunday (0559
GMT Monday). If Space Shuttle Endeavor
launches                                        on time, docking with
ISS should take place on Tuesday at 8:49 p.m.
CST                                       (0249 GMT Wednesday).

The boost phase of the launch will be visible from Florida to Maine.  

Then the next day, the shuttle will be visible in the early morning
hours as it chases the ISS for a docking a few days later (North
America). If you do not have a tracking program, please check the NASA
web pages for tracking and Visibility data.  The NASA pages have a
visibility chart for hundreds of cities around the world. There have
been several good reports of very bright reflections from ISS.


New ISS crew:
This shuttle will bring a new replacement crew to ISS this week.  The
departing crew is crew #5 and the arriving crew will be crew #6.  It
will be sad to see Valery Korzun leave ISS.  It has been a lot of fun to
have him in Space.  He has been a very active Ammeter Radio operator and
has brought joy to many Amateur Radio stations around with world with
his frequent random voice orbits.  Valery has also done a great job
keeping the ISS Packet Station running.
The new ISS crew will contain at least one experienced Amateur Radio
operator.  Nikolai Budarin is an experienced ham from his Mir missions
in 1998.  Nikolai helped install he MAREX modem upgrade project on Mir. 
The old tnc was replaced by a new Kantronics KPC-9612 TNC which was
connected to a Kenwood TM-733 on Mir in 1998.

ISS Expedition 5 crew:
Peggy Whitson KC5ZTD
Sergei Treschev RZ3FU
Valeri Korzun RZ3FK

ISS Expedition 6 crew:
Kenneth Bowersox KD5JBP
Nikolai Budarin RV3FB
Donald Pettit KD5MDT

Happy landings ISS Expedition 5 crew:


Copyright 2002 Miles Mann, All Rights Reserved.  This document may be
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Until we meet again

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