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swans
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Good Afternoon Everyone:

It's been a while since her last visit, but ISS always keeps her promise to return! She will be passing over the awesome, beautiful Virgin Islands on:

Sunday, Feb. 2nd
Time: 7:06pm (Use the cellphone clock for accuracy)
A 4 minute run @ 55 degrees over the horizon (very nice view) - She will appear as a non-blinking, bright light gliding over the night sky (17,500 mph).
Arriving from the SSW and Departing to the ENE (SSW to ENE)

Enjoy and "Give 'em a wave!"
Swan

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Topic starter Posted : January 31, 2014 4:29 pm
STXjill
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Thanks, Swans. We saw her pass by tonight, a beautiful sight!

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Posted : February 3, 2014 12:10 am
swans
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Good afternoon everyone, TONIGHT: Feb. 4th

Although it is shorter notice than usual, I wanted to post the two (2) sighting opportunities which will occur basically minutes apart: One will be PROGRESS 52P ( a Russian Docking Compartment that delivered supplies to the ISS and undocked yesterday) followed by the ISS.

PROGRESS:
Tonight @ 6:59pm
A 4 minute run @ 40 degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the West and Departing to the NNE. (W to NNE)

ISS
Tonight @ 7:10pm
A 3 minute run @ 30 degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the WNW and Departing to the North. (WNW to N).

"Give 'em a wave!"

Swan

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Topic starter Posted : February 4, 2014 5:36 pm
swans
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Happy 15th Birthday, ISS!

NASA: "The Space Station is the largest cooperative project ever carried out in science." ISS comprises the efforts of NASA (USA), ESA (European Space Agency - Arianespace), Roscosmos (Russia Space Agency), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Thank you all for your dedication in the research necessary to continue to advance our combined efforts for the betterment of all mankind. ISS, you make us proud!

Swan

http://www.space.com/23658-international-space-station-15th-birthday.html
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/International_Space_Station/Happy_birthday_Space_Station

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Topic starter Posted : February 12, 2014 7:44 pm
swans
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Good afternoon ISS friends,

The sighting of ISS will be no less than AWESOME when she passes over our incredibly gorgeous Virgin Islands at the end of this week. As a reminder, please use the cellphone clock for accurate timing; ISS will appear as a bright, non-blinking light as she silently glides across the night sky.

Friday Feb. 28th
A six (6) minute run.
Time: 7:08 pm - Overhead!
Arriving from the NW and Departing to the SE (NW to SE)

Six crew members are aboard.
"Give 'em a wave!"

Swan

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Topic starter Posted : February 25, 2014 7:08 pm
quirion
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Sigh. Not landing until 8:30 that night! 🙂

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Posted : February 26, 2014 9:09 pm
rosesisland
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Can't anyone get that information by signing up for the ISS email alerts? I get a heads up email before every time one passes over my zip code, 00820. I didn't think that option was mentioned, but, then again, I could be wrong.

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Posted : February 27, 2014 10:48 am
swans
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Can't anyone get that information by signing up for the ISS email alerts? I get a heads up email before every time one passes over my zip code, 00820. I didn't think that option was mentioned, but, then again, I could be wrong.

Yes! You can sign up for e-mail alerts at the following link.
Swan

http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/

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Topic starter Posted : February 27, 2014 1:45 pm
swans
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Good afternoon ISS friends,

The sighting of ISS will be no less than AWESOME when she passes over our incredibly gorgeous Virgin Islands at the end of this week. As a reminder, please use the cellphone clock for accurate timing; ISS will appear as a bright, non-blinking light as she silently glides across the night sky.

Friday Feb. 28th
A six (6) minute run.
Time: 7:08 pm - Overhead!
Arriving from the NW and Departing to the SE (NW to SE)

Six crew members are aboard.
"Give 'em a wave!"

Swan

Just a reminder, everyone! Let's hope for a clear sky!
Enjoy!
Swan 🙂

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Topic starter Posted : February 28, 2014 2:56 pm
swans
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Good afternoon everyone,

ISS will be passing over the Virgin Islands later this week. Reminder: She will be seen as a non-blinking, bright light gliding silently across the night sky. In order to give you a head start on locating the direction from which she will be arriving, I've timed her 'Arrival' one (1) Minute earlier than actual.

Thursday, April 3rd.
Time: 7:02pm @ 30 degrees above the horizon.
A 6 minute run. (Nice run time)
Arriving from the South and Departing to the ENE (S to ENE).

"Give 'em a wave!"
Enjoy!
Swan

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Topic starter Posted : March 31, 2014 9:07 pm
swans
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Good morning ISS Friends,

ISS will make a spectacular fly by tomorrow evening over the beautiful Virgin Islands and Caribbean:
Sat., April 5th. @ 7::02pm
A 6 minute run @ 52 degrees over the horizon (very nice height and duration)
Arriving from the SW and Departing to the NNE. (SW to NNE)

"Give 'em a wave!"
Swan

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Topic starter Posted : April 4, 2014 2:06 pm
swans
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Good Evening Everyone,

One of the most incredible ISS sighting opportunities will be this Tuesday evening when the Space Station glides over the Caribbean and awesome Virgin Islands! As always, she will glow as a non-blinking, bright light across the night sky.

Tuesday, April 29th
Time: 7:07 pm.
A 6 minute run @ 60 degrees over the horizon - nearly overhead.
Arriving from the NNW and Departing to the SE (NNW to SE).

"Give 'em a wave!"
Swan

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Topic starter Posted : April 26, 2014 11:40 pm
swans
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Good Evening Everyone,

One of the most incredible ISS sighting opportunities will be this Tuesday evening when the Space Station glides over the Caribbean and awesome Virgin Islands! As always, she will glow as a non-blinking, bright light across the night sky.

Tuesday, April 29th
Time: 7:07 pm.
A 6 minute run @ 60 degrees over the horizon - nearly overhead.
Arriving from the NNW and Departing to the SE (NNW to SE).

"Give 'em a wave!"
Swan

And what does ISS see when she looks down at Earth?
Note: Time lapsed.
Enjoy!
http://vimeo.com/53957628

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Topic starter Posted : April 27, 2014 12:48 am
swans
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LIVE from ISS:

A HD Camera mounted on ESA's Columbus Module is providing a live view from ISS as it orbits Earth. Although ISS is moving at a speed of 17,500 mph, it appears to hardly move at all.

Black Image = International Space Station (ISS) is on the night side of the Earth.
Gray Image = Switching between cameras, or communications with the ISS is not available.
Enjoy the journey!
Swan

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload

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Topic starter Posted : May 9, 2014 1:26 am
swans
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G'evening ISS Friends:

Spectacular ISS sightings opportunities will occur this Sunday and the coming week over the Virgin Islands. Reminder: She appears as a non-blinking, bright light gliding across the night sky; with binoculars, her solar panels are visible.

Sunday 6/1
Time: 8:13pm
A 6 min. run @ Overhead.
Arriving from the SW and Departing to the NE

Monday 6/2
Time: 7:24pm
A 6 min. run @ 40 degrees over the horizon.
Arriving from the SSW and Departing to the ENE

Wednesday 6/4
Time: 7:22pm
A 6 min. run @ 40 degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the WSW and Departing to the NNE.

"Give 'em a wave!"
Swan
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Topic starter Posted : May 30, 2014 4:45 am
DanielB_STX
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SpaceX unveils new spacecraft.................intriguing video.........

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2014/05/30/vo-spacex-new-spacecraft.spacex.html

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Posted : May 31, 2014 3:11 pm
swans
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SpaceX unveils new spacecraft.................intriguing video.........

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2014/05/30/vo-spacex-new-spacecraft.spacex.html/blockquote >

Great video, Daniel.

SpaceX has certainly become a leader in the field of Aerospace Technology, especially since retirement of the Space Shuttle Program. It transports supplies to and from ISS (as a competitor of Arianespace / ESA - ATV ) and also will have the capabilities of transporting 7 crew members to and from the International Space Station. Soyuz (Russia Space Agency) and a workhorse in the industry is capable of carrying 3 crew members. Dragon V2 is unique in its ability to soft land on surfaces, rather than rely on ocean splashdowns or, like the Soyuz vehicle, parachute land on the ground.

"....This system also enables Dragon V2 to land propulsively on Earth or another planet with the precision of a helicopter, making possible interplanetary trips that would otherwise be constrained by ocean landings....".
http://www.spacex.com/news/2014/05/30/dragon-v2-spacexs-next-generation-manned-spacecraft

We can look forward to a very exciting space race and inspire children, who are interested in space technology, to concentrate on "STEM" - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math.
Swan

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Topic starter Posted : May 31, 2014 7:34 pm
noOne
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I wonder how much computer physics calculations for space originated in games...

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Posted : May 31, 2014 7:44 pm
swans
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I wonder how much computer physics calculations for space originated in games...

Good question, noOne!
Swan

Edited to correct name sp.
Swan

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Topic starter Posted : May 31, 2014 7:54 pm
swans
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G'evening ISS Friends:

Spectacular ISS sightings opportunities will occur this Sunday and the coming week over the Virgin Islands. Reminder: She appears as a non-blinking, bright light gliding across the night sky; with binoculars, her solar panels are visible.

Sunday 6/1
Time: 8:13pm
A 6 min. run @ Overhead.
Arriving from the SW and Departing to the NE

Monday 6/2
Time: 7:24pm
A 6 min. run @ 40 degrees over the horizon.
Arriving from the SSW and Departing to the ENE

Wednesday 6/4
Time: 7:22pm
A 6 min. run @ 40 degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the WSW and Departing to the NNE.

"Give 'em a wave!"
Swan
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One more quick reminder!
Many Thanks everyone.

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Topic starter Posted : June 1, 2014 3:19 am
malibutexan07
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G'evening ISS Friends:

Spectacular ISS sightings opportunities will occur this Sunday and the coming week over the Virgin Islands. Reminder: She appears as a non-blinking, bright light gliding across the night sky; with binoculars, her solar panels are visible.

Sunday 6/1
Time: 8:13pm
A 6 min. run @ Overhead.
Arriving from the SW and Departing to the NE

Monday 6/2
Time: 7:24pm
A 6 min. run @ 40 degrees over the horizon.
Arriving from the SSW and Departing to the ENE

Wednesday 6/4
Time: 7:22pm
A 6 min. run @ 40 degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the WSW and Departing to the NNE.

"Give 'em a wave!"
Swan
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One more quick reminder!
Many Thanks everyone.

Thanks for the reminder. Does it look bigger than a large star in the sky? (NOT including the sun, for those out there with a sense of humor)

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Posted : June 1, 2014 6:29 am
swans
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G'evening ISS Friends:

Spectacular ISS sightings opportunities will occur this Sunday and the coming week over the Virgin Islands. Reminder: She appears as a non-blinking, bright light gliding across the night sky; with binoculars, her solar panels are visible.

Sunday 6/1
Time: 8:14pm
A 6 min. run @ Overhead.
Arriving from the SW and Departing to the NE

Monday 6/2
Time: 7:25pm
A 6 min. run @ 40 degrees over the horizon.
Arriving from the SSW and Departing to the ENE

Wednesday 6/4
Time: 7:24pm
A 6 min. run @ 40 degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the WSW and Departing to the NNE.

"Give 'em a wave!"
Swan
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Thanks for the reminder. Does it look bigger than a large star in the sky? (NOT including the sun, for those out there with a sense of humor)

Malibutexan,
Yes, ISS appears much larger than a star in the sky and she is brighter due to the sun's reflection.

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Topic starter Posted : June 1, 2014 11:03 am
malibutexan07
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Saw it just now - very cool!!!

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Posted : June 2, 2014 12:21 am
swans
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G'evening ISS Friends:

Spectacular ISS sightings opportunities will occur Monday and Wednesday over the Virgin Islands. Reminder: She appears as a non-blinking, bright light gliding across the night sky; with binoculars, her solar panels are visible.

Monday 6/2
Time: 7:25pm
A 6 min. run @ 40 degrees over the horizon.
Arriving from the SSW and Departing to the ENE

Wednesday 6/4
Time: 7:24pm
A 6 min. run @ 40 degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the WSW and Departing to the NNE.

"Give 'em a wave!"
Swan

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Topic starter Posted : June 2, 2014 2:20 am
swans
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G'evening ISS Friends:

Reminder: Tonight's sighting opportunity will be the last for a while. ISS will appear as a non-blinking, bright light gliding across the night sky; with binoculars, her solar panels are visible.

Wednesday 6/4
Time: 7:24pm
A 6 min. run @ 40 degrees over the horizon
Arriving from the WSW and Departing to the NNE.

Enjoy!
"Give 'em a wave!"
Swan

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Topic starter Posted : June 4, 2014 6:08 am
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