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Thanksgiving ISS and Shuttle Pass

27 Nov 2009, 06:07 UTC
Thanksgiving ISS and Shuttle Pass
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We had a very nice ISS and shuttle pass tonight. I got some good shots (the ISS is always on the right and the shuttle on the left…click to embiggen).In this shot, a car pulled up and its headlights illuminated the landscape for me.
Hey, what’s that orange glow between the cactus? Looks like we got a fire up there. Quick, grab the zoom lens.
And finally, let’s watch them disappear.
Note how the ISS streak fades and reddens as it approaches the mountains. The ISS is passing into Earth’s shadow and the astronauts are experiencing sunset.
There are only a handful of Shuttle Flights left so there are limited opportunities to get these shots. The Shuttle is scheduled to land tomorrow, so no more chances this time.

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