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Original Subject: SeeSat-D Digest V2003 #47
Original Date: Sun, 2 Feb 2003 23:30:10 -0500
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Date: Sun, 2 Feb 2003 13:51:45 -0800
From: "Rick Baldridge" <rickbaldridge@...
Subject: STS-107 from Mt. Hamilton pictures posted
It's been a very busy 36 hours trying to get data reduced and info to NASA
on the video and pictures I took.
The two still photos I took from Mt. Hamilton (right next to the 40" dome at
Lick Observatory -- coords N37° 20.498' W121° 38.579' Alt 4230feet WGS84
datum) have been scanned (rather poorly by myself, I might add!) and
annotated. I've posted them at:
Click on "Astronomy Stuff" album.
I won't speculate at this point -- we've had quite enough of that already.
Let's just say the photos, videos and eyewitness accounts definitely show
that something was amiss while COLUMBIA was over California. With this
being my 4th observed reentry, I have a lot of experience looking over
photos and videos that I've taken and nothing unusual showed on the previous
Funny thing was, several of us who saw STS-107 Saturday morning didn't see
anything we would call really "unusual" using the naked-eye . The only
comments were that the "color" seemed a bit off, perhaps more "orange", but
that could be explained by a variety of causes. Only later when we looked
at the video and developed the slides did we see something funny was going
on. This leads me to believe that the average eye-witness in California may
not have seen something going on when in fact it was. Hooray for video
cameras. (Just ask Rodney King!)
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