” … watch Nauka catch the space station.” Astro Bob

Nauka chase

“Skywatchers can watch the mouse chase the cat tonight, July 28th. Before it docks with the ISS on Thursday morning (July 29) the Russian Nauka module will tail the station by several minutes. For example, tonight in Duluth, Minnesota, the ISS will make a bright pass high in the northern sky starting at 9:34 p.m. CDT. Four minutes later, Nauka will follow along the same track. You might even be able to see them simultaneously, with Nauka climbing the western sky as the space station descends in the east.” Astro Bob



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5 Responses to ” … watch Nauka catch the space station.” Astro Bob

  1. Pat Lang says:

    Nauka docking is now live on NASA TV.

  2. Barbara Ann says:

    Wow, that’s what it’s all about, mankind cooperating to achieve the incredible. Seeing the solar array spars bend forwards slightly under their own momentum when docking occurred was awesome. The screen from the Nauka camera with the readouts of range, approach speed & remaining thruster propellant reminded me of one of the earliest video games I played; a very basic simulation of the Apollo 11 Eagle landing. I never managed it without running out of fuel and/or crashing into the Moon.

    Did anyone see the 2 objects in the sky last night? I’ve seen the ISS a few times, once by accident. Was watching the TeeVee late one evening with the drapes open and a bright object appeared slowly moving in the southern sky in the window behind. I checked with one of those satellite tracking apps and sure it enough it was the ISS.

    • Pat Lang says:

      I suppose that the Jingo asses will still want to stiff arm Russia in the face.

    • TTG says:

      Barbara Ann, I enjoyed the docking as much as you did. Between the Russian and the color ISS camera feeds, it did remind me of all the decades of space accomplishments. I bought our first video game for our new (at the time) 286 computer when my oldest son still wanted to be a space shuttle pilot. It was simply called Space Station and required you to manage building the station while deploying satellites to various orbits. The video skill came in when launching the shuttle and keeping the crosshairs aligned to get to the proper orbit. Otherwise it took longer to maneuver to the station.

      I did see the ISS once. After seeing it was going to pass overhead at a decent hour and the skies were clear, I checked it out. It was just a moving bright spot, but I was impressed. It reminded me of watching the first Moon landing. I was camping with two friends on the top of a pine covered hill. The sky was clear and the Moon was full. I brought a transistor radio so we could hear Walter Cronkite narrate the landing. I’m so glad I did it that way instead of watching it on TV. It was rebroadcasted time after time anyways.

  3. TTG says:

    Nauka caused a little excitement on the ISS shortly after it successfully docked. The module’s thrusters fired and began pushing the ISS out of position. The thrusters on the ISS kicked in automatically to counter it. The ISS was out of kilter for a while and Houston lost contact for a bit probably due to antenna misalignment. All is fine now. It reminded me of that scene in “Armageddon” with that crazy cosmonaut kicking, swearing and banging on his space station with a massive wrench to keep it working during the refueling op.

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