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[Comments] (2) : Shuttle launch seen from the ISS an unspecified point further up than said launch.

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Posted by Nick Moffitt at Wed Oct 25 2006 03:54

Actually, that's nowhere near the ISS. Quoting some of the comments in http://jwz.livejournal.com/707658.html :

Why do I doubt this? The biggest reason is that every launch to the ISS (The date on the photo places this as STS115, which was a flight to the ISS) I've ever seen occured when the ISS was 1/2 way around the world.

The orbiter always launches into the orbital plane of the ISS. That means that if the ISS were to see a shuttle towards it, that's pretty much what it would look like... the shuttle launching right at it, not off at a right-angle.

The curvature of the earth is just barely visible. From 220 miles up, the curvature is very pronounced. This leads me to believe that this photo was in fact taken from one of the WB57 aircraft that have been taking video of launches since STS114.

Posted by Leonard at Wed Oct 25 2006 07:36

That make senses in retrospect.

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