ATV-3 chasing the ISS: seen today from ground

And another set of terrific images submitted by Stéphane Colas, Normandy, France!

The first photo was taken at 06:53CEST this morning and the (bright) streak is the ISS passing by (that's Stéphane's house in the picture...). Cool!

ISS over Les Andelys, France, 25 March 2012 at 06:53 Credit: Stéphane Colas

ISS over Les Andelys, France, 25 March 2012 at 06:53 Credit: Stéphane Colas

Now here's what's even better: two minutes later, Stéphane also grabbed a snap of ATV Amaldi passing by -- following right along many kms behind and much lowers, still, than the ISS (~275km vs. ~390). And the streak is, of course, much fainter due to ATV being much smaller than the massive ISS. But it's clear in the image!

ATV- 3 over Les Andelys, France, 25 March 2012 at 06:55CEST Credit: Stéphane Colas

ATV- 3 over Les Andelys, France, 25 March 2012 at 06:55CEST Credit: Stéphane Colas

Thanks, Stéphane, for a great, early morning photo of our favourite cargo vessel!

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Daniel Scuka is Senior Editor for Spacecraft Operations at ESOC, ESA's European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany.
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One Response to ATV-3 chasing the ISS: seen today from ground

  1. Andy Soliday says:

    Thank you so much regarding producing the article ATV-3 chasing the ISS: seen today from ground | Edoardo Amaldi . I couldn't know these details, and so i will keep the idea handy now so we could research it in the foreseeable future.

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