ISS and STS-117

The Space Shuttle is due to launch tomorrow night at 23:38 GMT. This is mission STS-117 which plans to install a new truss and solar panels on the International Space Station (ISS). From the UK we can actually see some ISS passes over the next few days, so on Saturday night/early Sunday morning it may be possible to see both the ISS and Space Shuttle. I'm not sure how far apart they will appear on the sky but the Shuttle is due to dock on Sunday night at 19:36 GMT. Check out Heavens Above (select your country, enter the nearest town, then click on the "10 day predictions ISS" link) to find out where and when to look from your location. The ISS usually takes a few minutes to travel across the sky from the west to the east and Heavens Above is usually spot on with the time. I now have my fingers crossed for clear weather over the weekend.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Thursday 07th Jun 2007 (17:29 BST) | Permalink
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