Shuttle water dump

From: Daniel Deak (
Date: Thu Mar 08 2001 - 22:35:58 PST

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    Hello everyone,
    I, and many on this list, have seen water dumps by shuttles. Now I've just seen
    one live on NASA TV starting at 06:15 UT, March 9. It was like my head was near
    the nozzle as the view was from the camera mounted on the arm's end effector.
    The small nozzle is located on the port side of the orbiter behind and below the
    hatch. The spray of water moved at high speed and was hard to detect. We could
    see small ice particles coming off quite often from around the nozzle.
    When seen from ground these dumps are impressive and it amazes me that water
    particles so small can be so easy to see. The spray was directed opposite the
    velocity vector. This dump lasted for about 12 minutes.
    I always wanted to know where this water was coming out from and I got my answer
    tonight. The nozzle was easier to see on TV than in my binoculars :-)
    Daniel Deak
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    Drummondville, Quebec
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