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    ISS and Space Shuttle just flew overhead

    At about 6:45PM here in St. Louis we got to see the International Space Station followed by the shuttle. Appeared as two bright stars moving at a rapid pace across a clear sky. Not really spectacular except for the thought of it. Cool.

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    Indeed it is cool. I remember when the first sputnik flew over my hometown, we were all out and staring at the sky and the little blip of light. Waving and cheering. Then the first dog was up there in space, again we were in awe. When the Americans landed on the moon, I took a day off of work to watch it on TV.

    It is still raising goose bumps on my arms just thinking of these steps into the future
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    i got to see the shuttle and space station in tandem for three consecutive nights last summer (after separation, the shuttle was kept in orbit a couple days waiting for clear landing weather)

    two bright stars, ~racing~ across the sky (once you realize how high they are)

    spectacular, and unforgettable

    datura, i'm sorry to say this, but you and everyone who thought they saw sputnik were actually seeing a booster rocket

    see for example Sputnik was just a rocket booster!

    the first artificial satellite that i saw was Echo 1
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    for anyone else interested in seeing the space station, look up the times for your city here --

    http://spaceflight1.nasa.gov/realdat...ngs/index.html

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    Rudy, I thought it was the sputnik itself. The sun shining onto it in the early evening after it had just gotten dark. I am not sure, but I think we saw it several evenings in a row.

    I know we see the rocket streaking up from here when the space shuttle is carried up into orbit. But that is obviously the rocket with the tail behind it.

    PS. I read the article on it, so we were all fooled, but we still saw a man made object up there
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    I've always found this fascinating. Last year I watched the launch of Discovery on TV as we finally got our first Swede in space (Christer Fuglesang).

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    I watched the space station go by a couple of years ago. It's a wonderful thing to do - but difficult to see as I kept jumping up and down with excitement!
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    If I recall correctly, there's a guy that doesn't live too far from me (Lombard, Illinois) who's currently on the station.

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    My former bosses brother was a shuttle pilot. Dan Brandenstein
    Last edited by drhowarddrfine; Oct 25, 2007 at 08:47.

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    WOW... that is cool.

    haven't seen a launch before.


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