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Nikita
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Such a beautiful sight! I hate to see it go....
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Did you ever watch a Shuttle start live at the Kennedy Space Center? It must be very impressive when you can directly watch it from the Launche Viewing Site. Suppose you can even feel a "nice" vibration in your body there. I guess the only problem is to get a ticket before it's sold out.

The possibility to watch NASA TV around the world on the internet is a great service! The only thing that I wish for is to get it now with more bits per second. Is the rate in the USA 150 kbit/s too?


Apropos body vibrations: In my vicinity there is a gliding airfield that held a little airshow on the occasion of an anniversary years ago. They got also invited an F18-Hornet from the Army to show some nice flights over the location (which isn't and also coudn't be fenced in). Usually, to protect the visitors, they fly always parallel to them and if possible over empty areas. So to get the ultimate show you had to stay in the right position on a field path outside of the airfield. 8)
And really, the F18 flew several times towards my (lonely) place in order to rise or turn there again - Even two times by using the afterburner at a distance of about 150 meters over me. What caused a lot of vibrations too, besides the thunderous noise.
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Did you observe Lunar occultation of Venus?

It was great! :)
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No, had too many clouds here. There are already nice pictures on the internet of it.

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Hi Res pictures

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Here are some high resolution photos of STS-117

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/ima ... e11712.jpg
Click on picture for larger image - See what is in the cargo bay.

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/ima ... -s-020.jpg Hi res image of liftoff
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/ima ... -s-027.jpg
Here are the rest of them starting at 35, go backwards like a magazine.
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/ima ... age35.html

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Post by Nikita »

All these posts have great pictures! I'll have new wallpaper for my computer for some time. Thanks gang!
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Desktops

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These make good desktop images:
http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/ima ... -large.jpg

http://ciclops.org//view_media.php?id=5701

http://ciclops.org//view_media.php?id=12716

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/jpeg/PIA09210.jpg

http://sse.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/gall ... 000009.jpg

There was an earlier image of Saturn in the bright sun with high contrast rings but I could not lay my hands on it right now. It was my desktop for months. Made one dizzy to walk by and look at it.

[edit] Here it is- CLICK on the image to see clearly. http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA08362 this site

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute [/edit found it fjgiie]
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Post by xxxxxy »

I am interested how many of you here are amteur astronomers? And which equipmwnt, telescopes do you use.

I have Sky-Watcher SK1201EQ5.

Clear skies! :)
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I am interested how many of you here are amteur astronomers?
Here's one more!
And which equipmwnt, telescopes do you use.
6-inch Dobsonian reflector, focal length 1219 mm.
Clear skies! :)
Yes, isn't that a must! :D

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Post by greuti »

Just a little guessing game:

Does anybody know what region lies behind/below the Shuttle in that image (north is to the right)? You get the full resolution image (1,8MB) by clicking on. The full res is rotated 90 degrees.

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Post by Wolter »

This is above the Swiss Alps. The large lake below the shuttle's right wingtip is the lake of Zurich.
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I wondered what Flughafen that was

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Ahh, yes, the Zürich-Kloten airport.

Where is your house Greuti?

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Post by greuti »

:) You're right, most of the background shows Switzerland. While performing the pitch maneuver the Shuttle/ISS flew some time over it. The river (Rhine) behind the right/upper wing is the borderline to Germany. Btw. do you know the Rhine Falls (it is visible at the edge of the image).

This published high res from the maneuver sweeped me off my feet then. I tried then to enhance a little the visibility of the background.

Greutis' homes are just covered from the Shuttle and outside of the image. Only my sister's home at the Lake Lucerne is "visible".

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