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Clear skies

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

This evening when I went out to watch the International Space Station go over, it wasn’t dark yet. The sky looked blue. It didn’t look as if it was cloudly but I couldn’t see any stars so I wasn’t quite sure. Then a few stars started to pop out, so I knew it would be good visibility.

Right on cue over the tree at the end of the road came the ISS with the Space Shuttle Endeavour docked to it. It was coming from the West which is my favourite trajectory because it goes right overhead as I stand in my front garden and travels parallel with the road I live in. It was lovely and bright and as it was clear I could see it for the whole of the pass. It always amazes when I see it to know that it is over 200 miles high.

I’d like to imagine that it looked different and bigger with the Shuttle docked to it, but it really didn’t look any different from usual. It was exciting watching it knowing that, although I may never go to the USA and see the Space Shuttle, it had come to me, right along my road and that there were 13 astronauts gliding above me – a new record set by this mission.

Exactly 40 years ago Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had just enterd the LEM (Lunar Excursion Module) ready for their Moon landing the following day.