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Originally posted by ziggy1706
What time is the shuttle supposed to be launched? I live in southwestCT.
Where to look
* Southeast U.S. coastline: Anywhere north of Cape Canaveral, viewers should initially concentrate on the south-southwest horizon. If you are south of the Cape, look low toward the north-northeast. If you're west of the Cape, look low toward the east-northeast.
* Mid-Atlantic region: Look toward the south about 3 to 6 minutes after launch.
* Northeast: Concentrate your gaze low toward the south-southeast about 6 to 8 minutes after launch.
For most viewers, the shuttle will appear to literally skim the horizon, so be sure there are no buildings or trees to obstruct your view.
Depending upon your distance from the coastline, the shuttle will be relatively low on the horizon (5 to 15 degrees; your fist on an outstretched arm covers about 10 degrees of sky). If you're positioned near the edge of a viewing circle, the shuttle will barely come above the horizon and could be obscured by low clouds or haze.
If the weather is clear, the shuttle should be easy to see. It will appear to move very fast; much faster than an orbiting satellite due to its near orbital velocity at low altitudes (30-60 mi). It basically travels across 90 degrees of azimuth in less than a minute.
"The vehicle and the operations were cooperating, but the local weather unfortunately did not," Nickolenko informed the astronauts.
"When the weather is ready to cooperate, we'll be ready to go," replied commander Rick Sturckow.
Another 30 minutes, and "I think we'd have a real good shot today," said Mike Moses, chairman of the mission management team. But time ran out in the wee hours.
Forecasters put the odds of good launching weather Wednesday at 70 percent.
Originally posted by UmbraSumus
Apparently i will be able to witness the " space chase " between Discovery and the ISS.
Any body know off hand , how soon after launch , such a manoeuvre takes place ?