Re: Dragon CRS-3 seen!

From: C. Bassa via Seesat-l <>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:29:26 +0200
Here is one of the pictures I took: Objects are
moving right to left.

(Unfortunately the camera was setup to capture it rising in Orion in
bright twilight and in my haste I forgot to change settings; hence the
dark picture.)

There were four distinct pieces; two bright ones slightly offset, the
other two perpendicular against the direction of motion but in line
with the leading bright object. My guess is, also looking at the video
of the spacecraft sep, that the leading object is Dragon CRS-3, the
trailing object is the last rocket stage, and the two other objects
are the fairings of the solar arrays.

The two brighter objects were magnitude 1 or so, the fainter objects
around 4 to 5. Tracking it with binoculars showed no signs of venting
or more objects. I did have the impression that the two faint objects
were moving away from the two bright ones, though this could be due to
viewing angle changes.

Very spectacular to see this!

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