SPACE SHUTTLE AND INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CAN BOTH BE SEEN TUESDAY NIGHT
NEW ORLEANS, LA., 20-AUG-01 -- Watch both the Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station streak across the sky tomorrow night, Tuesday, August 21. The two should be visible in a clear sky, one just a few minutes behind the other.
Space Shuttle Discovery will appear for two minutes above New Orleans from 8:36 to 8:38 p.m. Discovery will approach from the North at 35 degrees above the horizon and depart to the East at 30 degrees.
Then the International Space Station will appear for two minutes from 8:40 to 8:42 p.m. Also approaching from the North at 44 degrees above the horizon, it will depart East-Southeast at 34 degrees.
Discovery departed the International Space Station today and is on a two-day trip back to Kennedy Space Center where the shuttle will land at 11:48 a.m. (Central Time) on Wednesday.
Discovery dropped off a new 3-man crew to live on the space station for the next four months and is bringing home Russian Commander Yury Usachev and American astronauts Susan Helms and Jim Voss who have been living on the station the past 5? months.
Viewing times for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station in orbit can be found at: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/SSapplications/Post/SightingData/sighting_index.html
Lockheed Martin Space Systems – Michoud Operations in New Orleans builds the Space Shuttle External Tank that powers the astronauts to the International Space Station.