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ISS/2002 Leonid meteor storm

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

NASA Science News for November 16, 2002

NASA TV kicks off live coverage of the 2002 Leonid meteor storm on Monday
evening, Nov. 18th.  The broadcast will feature live reports from meteor
watchers around the world, a toll-free telephone number for members of
public, and weird meteor sounds.



"The ISS will be flying over Europe during the first outburst," explains
Rob Suggs, leader of the Space Environments Team. "Then it will pass over
North America during the second outburst. Perfect timing!" Astronauts
looking out the station's windows could spot more meteors than anyone

Meteor watching from the space station isn't like meteor watching from
the ground. On Earth we look up to see shooting stars. On the ISS they
look down. That's because meteoroids glow when they disintegrate in
Earth's atmosphere at an altitude of about 80 km. The ISS orbits Earth
about 300 km higher than that, so from the point of view of an astronaut
meteors appear underfoot. (Astronaut Frank Culbertson described his
experience watching the 2001 Leonids from the ISS in Science@NASA's
"Space Station Meteor Shower.")

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