Re: Shuttle Reentry Observations

From: David Anderman (
Date: Sun Feb 02 2003 - 01:05:15 EST

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    Before reading too much into these observations of the Shuttle re-
    entry over California, it would be useful to have imagery of prior
    entries as a reference. Perhaps all of these prior images will also 
    show sparks over California.
    -------- Original Message --------
    ==> From: "Brian Webb" <>
    ==> Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2003 14:26:45 -0800
    Hi All:
    This is Brian Webb. As you may know, I edit an astronomy/space 
    newsletter for people who live in southern California. Prior to the 
    STS-107 reentry, I alerted my readers that the reentry would be 
    visible from here.
    I saw the event as did numerous other people and I've been receiving 
    numerous reentry onservations via e-mail from people in California, 
    Nevada, and Arizona.
    What's interesting are the multiple reports from people as far west 
    as California who say they saw odd things during reentry. As far as I 
    know, all of these reports are credible and the individuals do not 
    know each other. One California resident says her husbund took video 
    that may show "puffs" coming off of the spacecraft.
    Although the disintegration took place over Texas, it seems that 
    something was happening to the vehicle as far west as California.
    Brian Webb
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