Friday, March 20, 2009

The International Space Station Today from Earth

Ralf Vandebergh of the Netherlands recorded this amazing image of the international space station late today following the unfurling of the starboard 6 solar array truss segment.

In this great image recorded late afternoon EDT, you can clearly make out the S6 truss with the deployed arrays on the far left. Discovery is at the bottom, center with her tail pointed at the five o'clock position; and the station's Canadarm2 between the shuttle and the solar arrays at left.

Mr. Vandebergh's equipment: a 10inch Newtonian manually tracked using a 6x30 viewfinder. Thank-you, Mr. Vandebergh!

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