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STS-115 undocking Solar Transit
« on: 10/19/2006 12:58 pm »
I don't know if anyone has seen this before. I just think its a beautiful picture! I won't give too much away. Just look closely at the left middle portion of the image.

Edit: Ah its too big to upload. Just go to http://astrosurf.com/legault/iss_shuttle.jpg

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RE: STS-115 undocking Solar Transit
« Reply #1 on: 10/19/2006 01:53 pm »
Very clever!

Is it actually STS-115?

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Re: STS-115 undocking Solar Transit
« Reply #2 on: 10/19/2006 02:35 pm »
Well I think that the predominant solar arrays have to be the P4. The russian segment juts out to the left. The shuttle is therefore just half way around its fly around. So its a fantastically unique situation to be captured in this way. You can just see the P6 arrays coming out of the top of the silhouette.


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Re: STS-115 undocking Solar Transit
« Reply #4 on: 10/19/2006 10:37 pm »
WOW This is AMAZING! I've seen photos whit planes in front of moon and sun, but this beats everything! I wonder whether this image was taken accidentally... ? How can somebody do such exact calation... ?

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Re: STS-115 undocking Solar Transit
« Reply #5 on: 10/19/2006 11:27 pm »
Transits of the ISS across the sun's and moon's disk are common and happen everyday along lines around the world. While this shows more impressive timing, coming right after undock, this is not the first time such a photo has been taking, though it is the sharpest I have seen.

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Re: STS-115 undocking Solar Transit
« Reply #6 on: 10/20/2006 12:42 am »
Yup...John Locker has documented a few, also:
http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/satcom_transits/

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Re: STS-115 undocking Solar Transit
« Reply #7 on: 10/20/2006 01:21 am »
Taken I meant to say. Here's the one of 114 I remembered, though not nearly as sharp:

http://www.aaw-darmstadt.de/sts-114.htm

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Re: STS-115 undocking Solar Transit
« Reply #8 on: 01/04/2007 09:54 am »
The picture made Space.com Image of the Day on 2nd January.  They have dug up the story on the image:

http://www.space.com/imageoftheday/image_of_day_070102.html

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