Rosetta launch visibility?

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Tue Feb 24 2004 - 22:40:20 EST

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    Just wondering if there might be visibility opportunities for 
    the Rosetta launch, for someone (outside of Kourou, of course).  
    The nominal launch time, about 7:37 UT on February 26, is very
    early morning for the Americas (except Brazil maybe?).  I 
    guess the inclination is zero/equatorial.  The Rosetta web 
    site mentions a 200 km by 4000 km parking orbit that it will 
    be in for two hours, then a burn near perigee:
    That doesn't sound very promising.  Oh, well.  Maybe there 
    will be a chance for someone to see it during the eccentric 
    parking orbit while it's still joined with the upper stage.  
    Hoping for clear weather tomorrow night in any case!
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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