The Space Shuttle Endeavour has made its final night time launch from the Kennedy Space Center on the East coast of Florida. The Space Shuttle is now on a 13-day mission to rendezvous with the ISS (International Space Station).
This was the final night launch for NASA , as there are only 4 more space shuttle missions after this one, with all of the remaining shuttle launches taking place in daylight hours.
Now that the Space Shuttle is in orbit, we will once again have a chance to get sightings of the ISS and Space Shuttle over Ireland. If you are up on Tuesday Morning at 6:20am you will see the space station cross the Irish skies and the space shuttle will only be 5 mins behind it crossing Ireland at 6:25am. The next time we see the ISS and Space Shuttle in the Irish skies, they will have docked and it will be a merged ISS+Space Shuttle which will be visible in the skies.
I have uploaded the times of the Space Station and Space Shuttle sightings for early Feb based on Sightings for Waterford, Ireland.
|SHUTTLE||Tue Feb 09/06:25 AM||2||35||19 above SSW||28 above ESE|
|SHUTTLE||Wed Feb 10/05:11 AM||< 1||14||14 above ESE||13 above ESE|
|SHUTTLE||Wed Feb 10/06:42 AM||3||59||16 above WSW||37 above ESE|
There are only a few more days that you can see the shuttle and ISS together, as the shuttle will soon depart the ISS and return home. The times of the next few sightings of the ISS and Shuttle are listed below. Interestingly the times that you can see the ISS are not much different in the UK than they are in Ireland. – Anyway, the dates and times for sightings listed below are for Waterford but should be valid for most of the south of Ireland. The way the weather has been recently I haven’t even caught 1 glimpse of the ISS. The next few sightings are in the early morning starting again in December.
|ISS||Tue Nov 24/06:23 PM||2||19||19 above SW||10 above SSE|
|ISS||Wed Nov 25/05:11 PM||3||36||35 above SW||10 above SE|
|ISS||Thu Nov 26/05:34 PM||2||19||19 above SSW||10 above SSE|
|ISS||Mon Dec 07/07:27 AM||< 1||13||11 above S||13 above SSE|
|ISS||Tue Dec 08/07:48 AM||2||27||10 above SSW||27 above SSE|
|ISS||Wed Dec 09/06:37 AM||1||13||11 above S||13 above SSE|
Note – the ISS goes usually from South West to South South East and you will need a decent line of sight to the horizon.
There are only a few more Shuttle launches left before the Shuttle fleet retires … I think in 2010.
The Space Shuttle and International Space Shuttle is visible over Ireland once again in November.
Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to launch 16 November 2009 at 2:28 P.M. EDT (Exactly 3 hours from now 7:28PM Irish Time, Monday 16th Nov) . The Space Shuttle Atlantis has a crew of six and will travel to the International Space Station. The shuttle is expected to return to Kennedy Space Center on 27th November 2009.
I have outlined the dates the ISS and Shuttle are visible over Waterford for the month of November below.
The Shuttle will be first visible in Ireland at 5:54pm on Tuesday, fairly high in the south skies coming from WSW.
Source : http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/tracking/
THE FOLLOWING ISS SIGHTINGS ARE POSSIBLE FROM FRI NOV 13 TO SAT NOV 28
|ISS||Fri Nov 13/05:26 PM||4||19||11 above SSW||10 above E|
|ISS||Fri Nov 13/07:01 PM||< 1||32||20 above WSW||32 above SW|
|ISS||Sat Nov 14/05:49 PM||3||36||18 above SW||18 above E|
|ISS||Sun Nov 15/06:11 PM||2||60||32 above SW||36 above ESE|
|ISS||Mon Nov 16/05:00 PM||3||35||34 above S||12 above E|
|ISS||Mon Nov 16/06:34 PM||1||76||33 above WSW||76 above SSW|
|ISS||Tue Nov 17/05:22 PM||3||59||40 above SW||12 above E|
|ISS||Tue Nov 17/06:56 PM||< 1||33||25 above W||33 above W|
|ISS||Wed Nov 18/05:44 PM||3||78||44 above WSW||19 above E|
|ISS||Wed Nov 18/07:18 PM||< 1||20||20 above W||20 above W|
|ISS||Thu Nov 19/06:06 PM||2||78||33 above W||40 above ESE|
|ISS||Fri Nov 20/04:55 PM||2||53||53 above E||12 above E|
|ISS||Fri Nov 20/06:28 PM||1||58||31 above W||55 above SSE|
|ISS||Sat Nov 21/05:16 PM||3||78||43 above W||12 above E|
|ISS||Sat Nov 21/06:51 PM||< 1||33||26 above WSW||33 above SW|
|ISS||Sun Nov 22/05:38 PM||3||59||40 above WSW||12 above ESE|
|ISS||Sun Nov 22/07:13 PM||< 1||16||14 above WSW||16 above WSW|
|ISS||Mon Nov 23/06:01 PM||3||35||30 above SW||14 above SE|
|ISS||Tue Nov 24/04:51 PM||< 1||14||14 above ESE||11 above ESE|
|ISS||Tue Nov 24/06:23 PM||3||19||17 above SW||10 above SSE|
|ISS||Wed Nov 25/05:10 PM||3||36||35 above SW||12 above SE|
|ISS||Thu Nov 26/05:33 PM||2||19||19 above SSW||10 above SSE|
ONLY DAYS WITH SIGHTING OPPORTUNITIES ARE LISTED
THE FOLLOWING SHUTTLE SIGHTINGS ARE POSSIBLE FROM MON NOV 16 TO TUE DEC 01
|SHUTTLE||Tue Nov 17/05:54 PM||1||67||45 above WSW||40 above ESE|
|SHUTTLE||Wed Nov 18/05:44 PM||3||78||44 above WSW||19 above E|
|SHUTTLE||Wed Nov 18/07:18 PM||< 1||20||20 above W||20 above W|
|SHUTTLE||Thu Nov 19/06:06 PM||2||78||33 above W||40 above ESE|
|SHUTTLE||Fri Nov 20/04:55 PM||2||70||70 above ESE||12 above E|
|SHUTTLE||Fri Nov 20/06:29 PM||1||58||32 above W||54 above SSE|
|SHUTTLE||Sat Nov 21/05:16 PM||3||78||43 above W||12 above E|
|SHUTTLE||Sat Nov 21/06:51 PM||< 1||30||26 above WSW||30 above SW|
|SHUTTLE||Sun Nov 22/05:39 PM||3||59||40 above WSW||12 above ESE|
|SHUTTLE||Sun Nov 22/07:13 PM||< 1||16||14 above WSW||16 above WSW|
|SHUTTLE||Mon Nov 23/06:01 PM||3||35||30 above SW||14 above SE|
|SHUTTLE||Tue Nov 24/04:51 PM||< 1||14||14 above ESE||11 above ESE|
|SHUTTLE||Tue Nov 24/06:23 PM||3||19||17 above SW||10 above SSE|
|SHUTTLE||Wed Nov 25/05:11 PM||3||36||35 above SW||12 above SE|
|SHUTTLE||Thu Nov 26/05:33 PM||2||19||19 above SSW||10 above SSE|
Space Shuttle sightings are once again possible from Ireland and between now and 14th September there are many available sightings for the Space Shuttle and the ISS.
Dates for Sightings over Waterford, Ireland are as follows;
|SHUTTLE||Tue Sep 01/04:01 AM||1||19||19 above ESE||10 above ESE|
|SHUTTLE||Tue Sep 01/05:32 AM||4||26||17 above WSW||10 above SSE|
|SHUTTLE||Wed Sep 02/04:25 AM||1||21||21 above SE||11 above SE|
|SHUTTLE||Wed Sep 02/05:57 AM||3||13||10 above WSW||10 above S|
|SHUTTLE||Thu Sep 03/04:50 AM||< 1||14||14 above SSE||11 above SSE|
|SHUTTLE||Tue Sep 08/09:44 PM||1||20||10 above SSW||20 above SSW|
|SHUTTLE||Wed Sep 09/08:35 PM||3||14||10 above S||11 above ESE|
|SHUTTLE||Wed Sep 09/10:09 PM||1||19||10 above WSW||19 above SW|
|SHUTTLE||Thu Sep 10/08:59 PM||4||28||10 above SW||20 above ESE|
|SHUTTLE||Thu Sep 10/10:34 PM||< 1||16||10 above WSW||16 above WSW|
|SHUTTLE||Fri Sep 11/09:24 PM||3||51||10 above WSW||41 above ESE|
|SHUTTLE||Sat Sep 12/08:19 PM||< 1||10||10 above E||10 above E|
|SHUTTLE||Sat Sep 12/09:49 PM||2||56||10 above WSW||56 above WSW|
|SHUTTLE||Sun Sep 13/08:39 PM||5||53||10 above WSW||14 above E|
|SHUTTLE||Sun Sep 13/10:14 PM||1||25||10 above W||25 above W|
|SHUTTLE||Mon Sep 14/09:05 PM||3||76||20 above WSW||31 above E|
|SHUTTLE||Mon Sep 14/10:39 PM||< 1||13||10 above W||13 above W|
Source : http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/cities/view.cgi?country=Ireland®ion=None&city=Waterford
I’m hoping to get some rural areas where light polution is not an issue, in order to get some good shots of the ISS and Space Shuttle.
Just checked on-line and to my disappointment there are no scheduled viewings of the ISS or Space Shuttle for Ireland this week (at least until 3rd August).
I use the NASA Human Space Flight (HSF) website at http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/ and for Waterford, Ireland the link is here (click). It was a pity about the weather over the past few weeks – we could have had some nice views of the space station and shuttle, but I am glad I saw the shuttle only minutes after take-off last week.
We might get to see the ISS again the week after !