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Message 4250 - Posted: 10 Dec 2006 | 15:01:48 UTC

We saw the space shuttle Discovery wiz by last night, right after it
was launched from Florida. It was very cool.

I had read that we might be able to see it from here in New York, so
as soon as it launched we bundled up and headed out into the freezing
cold with Rusty in tow (actually he had us in tow, as is always the
case). We walked up the hill a bit to get away from the street lights
and to find a place where we could get a better view the southeast
horizon. It was cold with no clouds but not completely clear, with
only a few of the brightest stars dimly visible through an indefinite
haze.

Nancy saw it first, as a blink through the trees. It was a bright
white light, brighter than any star, pulsing slowly with a flashing
red light. My initial reaction was that it might be an airplane, but
as it rose higher, moving fast from southeast to northeast, you knew
it couldn't be a plane based on the speed, which was more like that of
a satellite.

After it had passed, which took maybe a minute at most, we went in
to warm up. But it turns out it wasn't over yet. About 15 minutes
later (I checked the time) we heard a loud, rumbling roar outside,
slowly growing louder. I went out to the front porch to see if I
could determine a direction to the sound, but it was all around us,
kind of how the sound of a noisy freight train going through a small
town at night is all around you (but this was louder than the trains
here). The rumble was more like when our furnace kicks in, only
louder and spread out. Actually, it was just like the rumble of the
space shuttle engines which we had heard on NASA's video feed when
we'd watched the launch. So we actually heard the shuttle go by as
well!

Scientist that I am, I had to do a quick cross check. Sound travels
at about a mile every 5 seconds, as everybody knows from thunder and
lightning. It was 15 minutes after we'd seen the shuttle wiz by,
which is 900 seconds. So the distance to the sound source would be
around 180 miles. And that is just about right, given what I'd seen
on a map for the expected trajectory.

So not only did we see the shuttle, but we heard it go by as well.
Very cool.

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Message 4252 - Posted: 10 Dec 2006 | 21:43:22 UTC - in response to Message 4250.

Wormholio wrote:
We saw the space shuttle Discovery wiz by last night, right after it
was launched from Florida. It was very cool.....not only did we see the shuttle, but we heard it go by as well.
Very cool.


Very, very cool, you lucky pirate!! Wish we could've seen it in MI too!

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Message 4254 - Posted: 10 Dec 2006 | 23:58:39 UTC

Nice experience!
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Message 4256 - Posted: 11 Dec 2006 | 3:49:42 UTC

Awesome!!!!

What an experience.

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Message 4257 - Posted: 11 Dec 2006 | 10:50:04 UTC

That is great! It's amazing what can happen with just the right atmospheric conditions.

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Message 4308 - Posted: 19 Dec 2006 | 5:51:26 UTC

Did you fire your starboard cannons at it?
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Message 4378 - Posted: 26 Dec 2006 | 4:57:45 UTC - in response to Message 4308.

Did you fire your starboard cannons at it?


Aye Misfit, always a good laugh by all when you post!

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Message 4388 - Posted: 28 Dec 2006 | 5:30:28 UTC - in response to Message 4378.

Did you fire your starboard cannons at it?

Aye Misfit, always a good laugh by all when you post!

I've been thrown in the brig for less. ;)
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Message 4436 - Posted: 4 Jan 2007 | 2:03:03 UTC

The shuttle can sometimes be seen in orbit, often near the ISS. The Heavens Above website is a great place to find out where & when to look, or help identify an object you’ve seen.

But from orbit you won’t be able to hear it. :(
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Message 4439 - Posted: 4 Jan 2007 | 14:54:32 UTC

You might like to check out my ISS/Shuttle website http://spacetimes.info
But then again, you might not.

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