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STS-119_Discovery_side view Image 2009/03/17(UT)
Ralf Vandebergh(250mm Newton)|
A first opportunity to see STS-119 Discovery from here was at high range,a maximum pass of 32 degrees
above the horizon.At the time of imaging the shuttle was approaching the station for docking and therefore
part of a beautiful tandem,a wonderfull sight,never seen so nice before.The telescopic view shows only
one of the 2 spacecraft as the 2 were separated by a few degrees.
The large range of 618 kilometres and the large angle offers a chance to see the shuttle from its side
as in this image.Considering the distance,the altitude above the horizon and the fact the seeing was
poor,it's a wonder that still these details can be seen.
Imaging: 10inch Newton/ATK-2C 1/1000 sec manually tracked)
[Ralf Vandebergh:Neighbourhood of Maastricht Netherlands]