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See a high speed case Saturday night

11 May 2010, 02:05 UTC
See a high speed case Saturday night
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Cross your fingers for two things, Good clear weather, and that shuttle Atlantis launches Friday afternoon!

Atlantis is due to liftoff Friday afternoon at 1:20 PM. Usually it takes about 2 days before the shuttle finally catches up with the ISS, and that is planned so that needed exterior inspections can be made to the orbiter.

So why am I bringing this up? Well we have a nice pass of the ISS Saturday night, and and along with the pass you will get the chance to see Atlantis chasing it for a docking Sunday Morning at 10:19 AM.

When and where will can you see this? Follow me:

Go outside about 5 minutes before the pass begins to adjust your eyes to the night sky.

Look towards the North-North-West at 10:05 PM. You will see the ISS as a bright star climbing and heading to towards the North Star (Polaris) at around 10:07 PM. The ISS will disappear right under the North Star around 10:09 PM as it enters the shadow of the Earth, but look a little behind the ISS! You should see Atlantis on it's last mission chasing the station complex at a speed of 17,500 mph!

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