Re: shuttle and reentering ET visible ?

From: Rainer.Kresken@esa.int
Date: Fri May 11 2001 - 01:55:53 PDT

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    >Can shuttle astronauts observe an ET reentering the atmosphere or are they
    >to occupied with making shuttle manoeuvres ?
    
    Yesterday I had an opportunity to talk to STS 99 mission
    specialist Gerhard Thiele and I asked him that question.
    The answer is no. The reentry is not visible since the shuttle and the
    external tank are to far away from each other at that point.
    Even if they would be closer together, it would be almost to impossible
    to track the tank since there is always a shadow passage between launch
    and tank reentry!
    
    Rainer
    
    
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