Re: Endeavour water dump ?

From: Patrice Gambaro (
Date: Tue Feb 15 2000 - 21:20:03 PST

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    Daniel Deak wrote:
    > Hi everybody,
    > Tonight (Feb. 15, local) there was a beautiful Shuttle pass culminating at
    > 23:11 UTC at 45 deg. elevation to the northeast. Its magnitude reached
    > -3 but what surprised me was that a tail of something was coming out of
    > the Shuttle northward, about 50 to 60 degrees upward. It was about a
    > half degree in length.
    > While viewed head on when it was ascending, it looked straight. But when
    > it passed in front of me, I could clearly see the cloud was being deflected
    > and trailing behind for a few degrees. It lasted for all of the pass.
    > Could it be a water dump ???
    > It was a great sight !
    I observed it too. I was on the road and had to stop in a parking lot, could
    not find a dark place but Endeavour was so bright, it was a beautiful sight. I
    could not see the trailing cloud naked eye but I saw it with binocs. I did
    think of a water dump but I did not know if a water dump could last so long so
    I decided it must have been some optical illusion due to the ambient light or
    something like that. But if you have seen it, then it must have been it !
    It was indeed a great sight !
    Patrice Gambaro
    45.8379N, 73.9162W
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