Re: STS-73 'beam' observation
Fri, 27 Oct 1995 16:46:58 -0400

In a message dated 95-10-26 13:08:04 EDT, BDP@MPE.MPE-GARCHING.MPG.DE (Bart
De Pontieu) wrote:

>I got this message from Cal Deal <>. Does anyone have any
>ideas? A similar observation was reported on by 
> (Gregory Bolt).

>> I watched the Shuttle fly over Fort Lauderdale this 
>>morning. I noticed what I can only describe as a 'headlight' effect : a 
>>dim, gray glow that extended in front of the shuttle. I would say that 
>>it was not quite as long as the sun is wide, if that helps. It widened 
>>as it got farther away from the shuttle. It had sort of a rounded, 
>>elongated triangular shape that emanated from the shuttle.
>>Could it be exhaust/gasses from a rocket burn?
>> Was a rocket burn in progress?
>>I really would like to know what caused it.

>Any ideas?

It may have been a water dump, they have been doing it every few days. I'll
check the NASA TV listings on spacelink to see if they have anything on it.

Bob Forrester