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Ralf Vandebergh
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Ralf Vandebergh(250mm Newton)
subject: 2010/03/09 ISS observations
STS-130 additions: Tranquility node & Cupola
Flare of the damaged S1 radiator
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This is an observation at 377 km distance (67.6‹max southern pass)
showing the new additions after STS-130 on the ISS; the node 3
(Tranquility node) with the European built observatory module:
the Cupola. Nice surprise was that the Cupola seems to stick
out in this observation as a real Cupola....

Attached also, is a seqence of a minor flare, apparently
caused by the damaged piece in the S1 radiator which sticks out:

The radiators are currently in a turned position causing that 
they appear from Earth  less bright itself, and the minor flare
becomes obvious. Sometimes, in images, showing the radiators
Earth-faced, and brightly white, the damaged piece can be seen
as a small dark interruption.

All observations: 10 inch Newtonian, manually tracked)




Attached is a higher resolution version of the close-up showing the Cupola
on the Tranquility node, with a wider view, providing some better orientation.
At the right you see a lit part of the Russian Zarya module, the first element
of the ISS.

  Sent: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 11:35 AM
  Subject: 2010/03/09_ISS observations


  subject: 2010/03/09 ISS observations
  STS-130 additions: Tranquility node & Cupola
  Flare of the damaged S1 radiator
  ____________________________________________

  This is an observation at 377 km distance (67.6‹max southern pass)
  showing the new additions after STS-130 on the ISS; the node 3
  (Tranquility node) with the European built observatory module:
  the Cupola. Nice surprise was that the Cupola seems to stick
  out in this observation as a real Cupola....

  Attached also, is a seqence of a minor flare, apparently
  caused by the damaged piece in the S1 radiator which sticks out:
  http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/wp-content/uploads/cache/5511_single.jpg

  The radiators are currently in a turned position causing that 
  they appear from Earth  less bright itself, and the minor flare
  becomes obvious. Sometimes, in images, showing the radiators
  Earth-faced, and brightly white, the damaged piece can be seen
  as a small dark interruption.

  All observations: 10 inch Newtonian, manually tracked)




Finally, here is a (real)color shot of the Cupola area.
Note that this image is turned 180 degrees, compared
to the previous images.

  Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 11:43 AM
  Subject: 2010/03/09_ISS observations_additional

  Attached is a higher resolution version of the close-up showing the Cupola
  on the Tranquility node, with a wider view, providing some better orientation.
  At the right you see a lit part of the Russian Zarya module, the first element
  of the ISS.


 subject: 2010/03/09 ISS observations
      STS-130 additions: Tranquility node & Cupola
      Flare of the damaged S1 radiator
      ____________________________________________

      This is an observation at 377 km distance (67.6‹max southern pass)
      showing the new additions after STS-130 on the ISS; the node 3
      (Tranquility node) with the European built observatory module:
      the Cupola. Nice surprise was that the Cupola seems to stick
      out in this observation as a real Cupola....

      Attached also, is a seqence of a minor flare, apparently
      caused by the damaged piece in the S1 radiator which sticks out:
      http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/wp-content/uploads/cache/5511_single.jpg

      The radiators are currently in a turned position causing that 
      they appear from Earth  less bright itself, and the minor flare
      becomes obvious. Sometimes, in images, showing the radiators
      Earth-faced, and brightly white, the damaged piece can be seen
      as a small dark interruption.

      All observations: 10 inch Newtonian, manually tracked)


This final result of my March 9 ISS imaging session, shows the best
detail generally spoken, on the recently added new elements.
The partial enlargement shows the Tranquility node (node 3) and
the Cupola (European built observatory window) now from above,
and the new location of the Pressurized Mating Adapter number 3 (PMA-3)
at the end of the node. At 377 km (67‹ max culm pass),the visibilty of 
the PMA was about at the edge, as only few frames with higher local 
resolution due to local seeing variations resolved it from the module.


This final result of my March 9 ISS imaging session, shows the best
  detail generally spoken, on the recently added new elements.
  The partial enlargement shows the Tranquility node (node 3) and
  the Cupola (European built observatory window) now from above,
  and the new location of the Pressurized Mating Adapter number 3 (PMA-3)
  at the end of the node. At 377 km (67‹ max culm pass),the visibilty of 
  the PMA was about at the edge, as only few frames with higher local 
  resolution due to local seeing variations resolved it from the module.


ISS session, a composition with use of best frames

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