STS-97 Ascent Obs.

Date: Thu Nov 30 2000 - 19:54:37 PST

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    STS-97 launched on time at 03:06:01 UTC, 1 December.   I acquired the flame 
    from the main engines at 03:12:45 at about a +3.0 Mag.  It reached about a -1 
    mag with a light orange color as it passed about 2.5 deg below Sirius at 
    03:14:00UTC.  MECO appeard to occur at 03:14:32 with a few short burst of 
    orange light followied lasting for about 10 seconds.    The external tank 
    separation burns appeared to occurr beginning at 03:14:45 and lasting for 
    about 10 seconds.
    Viewing condition were fair to good, Sirius was clearly visible at 1x, 
    Alp-Hor  (~6.0 deg elevation +4.2 was visible with binoculars).  My location 
    was the same as for the STS-92 launch:
    Don Gardner  39.1799 N, 76.8406 W, 100m ASL
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