UPDATE: Long Beach Got Spectacular View of Intl'l Space Stn Orbiting Nearly Directly Over Us
On July 29, ISS had an emergency when Russian Module docked and accidentally fired its thrusters, spinning ISS upside down until corrected
|(August 4, 2021, updated at 8:50 p.m. from 6:45 p.m. initial) -- As previewed by LBREPORT.com, Long Beach got a spectacular view of the Int'l Space Station as it orbited nearly directly over us at 8:31 p.m. tonight.
It was a long pass by -- seven minutes from visible start to disappearance -- and quite bright.
The spacecraft rose in the NW sky at 8:27 p.m. and by 8:30:59 was nearly directly above us at 87 degrees high in the NE. It disappeared from view in the SE at 8:34 p.m.
And yes there are real people aboard: The current ISS occupants are NASA astronauts Megan McArthur, Mark Vande Hei, Kimbrough, Hopkins, Walker and Glover; JAXA's Noguchi and Akihiko Hoshide; the European Space Agency's Thomas Pesquet; and cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov.
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And yes it's potentially dangerous up there. On July 29, Russia's research module Nauka docked with the space station and a few hours later the module accidentally fired its thrusters. That briefly tilted the space station and caused it to lose what engineers call attitude control reports Space.com
NASA didn't admit this initially but Space.com cites reporting by The New York Times which said Zebulon Scoville, the NASA flight director leading mission control in Houston during the event, indicated "after Nauka incorrectly fired up, the station 'spun one-and-a-half revolutions" -- about 540 degrees -- before coming to a stop upside down. The space station then did a 180-degree forward flip to get back to its original orientation," according to the report."
Scoville added that "the maximum rate at which the change occurred was slow enough to go unnoticed by the crew members on board and all other station systems operated nominally during the entire event."
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