Very nice pass this AM from Tallahassee FL (30.5N,84W) The emergence from shadow was gradual enough to be seen as top to bottom, but not as striking as I had expected. The bottom showed a bright spot a magnitude or more fainter than the satellite at the top. This spot was not visible during last Friday morning's pass. The tether was quite straight overall but the bottom seems to be leading slightly and the top trailing slightly producing a very slight sigmoid. Question: If the tether does not lie along a line that passes through the center of the earth, how would you know? At what point during a pass would you expect it to be perpendicular to the horizon? It appeared more or less that way near the beginning and ending a pass but that does not address a possible cant in the plane of the orbit. A friend here in town, Fred Schmidt made the following report this AM: "Gee, I was up, out, and watching and didn't see a thing -- SURE! What an unmistakable object. I had it appear at approximately 5:54:44 as predicted by my trusty little STSPLUS (actually it was a tiny bit late -- about 15 seconds). To me, it looked straight as an arrow, with just a slight (and I mean slight) hint of a tangle at what I assume was the "shuttle" end. Other than that, it was a straight line to the satellite pinhead still attached at the other end. I would assume we will begin to see some distortion of the line prior to reentry, so maybe this thing is up there for a while? Could be the distortions will only occur in the last few days though, I guess. Assuming the tether has some vertical orientation to the earth's surface, can you imagine what it would look like if it were parallel to the surface?"