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Monday, September 18

A busy week at the International Space Station

It's busy up at the International Space Station at the moment. The Shuttle Atlantis has just undocked from the space station after a very succesful mission to install new solar panels on the station. The shuttle is due to land on Wednesday this week.


Meanwhile a russian Soyuz spacecraft lifted off this morning from Kazakstan, carrying new crew members. Among them is Anousheh Ansari, the world's first female space tourist. Anousheh has a keen interest in spaceflight, and was one of the people involved in the Ansari X-prize set up to encourage commerical space flight. During here trip to the ISS she will be writing a blog, which you can find here.

ISS is well placed for viewing from Cumbria at the moment. You can get details of the latest passes one the Heaven's Above website. The addition of extra solar panels should make the station even brighter and easy to see.

2 comments:

  1. Take a look at this remarkable shot of the ISS and shuttle crossing the sun.

    http://www.astrophoto.fr/iss_atlantis_transit.html

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  2. Thanks to Stu for the ISS transit image link BTW :-)

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