ISS glints

From: Matson, Robert (ROBERT.D.MATSON@saic.com)
Date: Thu Dec 28 2000 - 17:25:14 PST

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    Hi All,
    
    Correction to last message regarding ISS glints -- bright
    glints off the small solar panels occur on descending node
    passes in the early morning, not in the evening.  Whatever
    was glinting for Ed had a surface normal that was pointing
    about 15 degrees aft of starboard, and about 45 degrees
    down toward nadir from the horizontal.  Looking at a
    picture of ISS, the only thing that seems to fit would be
    the small solar arrays on the Progress attached to the
    back end of the station (at least I *assume* that's a
    Progress in this picture):
    
    http://spaceflightnow.com/ops/stage4a/001209snapshots/withearth.html
    
    In this image, I believe the station is flying in the same
    direction that the camera is pointed (i.e. the Shuttle that
    took this picture was trailing the station at the time).
    
    Cheers,
    Rob
    
    
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