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#1 BlueHawk08

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 05:10 PM

Last night I chanced to see ISS with Kounotori 4 re-supply spacecraft in trail; perfectly clear and bright. At first I wasn't sure what I was actually looking at - ISS was traveling normally WSW - ENE, max dec 88 deg, and there was a 1 - 2 mag trailing body. Checked Heavens Above and no info - so I googled ISS for recent news, and discovered that Japanese HTV Kounotori 4 resupply spacecraft had launched on 3 Aug to rendevous with ISS this morning 9 Aug.

http://en.wikipedia....iki/Kounotori_4

Estimate Kounotori was 20 miles in trail of ISS at 10pm PDT last night over Western Washington. Absolutely clear sky. Beautiful, intriguing sight.

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 08:53 PM

Well that is a view worth talking about. :waytogo:

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 12:20 PM

I've watched the resupply freighters "chase" the ISS as well. It's pretty neat when they both are visible within an eyepiece.

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