ISS observed

From: Phillip Clark (
Date: Sat Dec 16 2000 - 10:15:45 PST

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    OK, this isn't a "scientific" observation because I admit to being more of
    a tourist observer.
    Between 18.01 and 18.05 GMT we had what has been billed as the first ISS
    pass since the new solar panel vanes were installed and
    deployed.   Usually in the Hastings area ISS passes tend to be clouded out
    for some reason (don't have the problem with other satellites, just when
    there are "good" ISS passes !), but this evening the clouds were kind all
    most of the pass was observed.
    What struck me was that ISS had a distinctly orange-red colour, rather
    like Mars at its best.   The magnitude was about -0.5 or so as billed -
    and thus about the best that I have previously seen ISS when it has
    appeared as white.
    I wonder when we can have the station appearing blue in honour of Ol'
    Betsy ?
    Phillip Clark
    Phillip S Clark                                     22 Winterbourne Close
    Molniya Space Consultancy                           Hastings
    Compiler/Publisher, Worldwide Satellite Launches    E Sussex  TN34 1XG
    Specialist in "space archeology" - the older and more obscure the more 
    interesting it is !
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