Sunday, August 21, 2011

Return of the ISS

After a long absence during the summer months the International Space Station can now be seen at a reasonable time. I went into my garden to watch this spectacular object pass overhead. I would like to capture a still image with my Skywatcher 130, but it is so difficult to get the image onto the sensor of the webcam. I need a lot of patience, something that I lack at the moment.

It's hard to imagine how the ISS can stay in service without the Space Shuttle. What happens for instance if one of the astronauts in the ISS becomes ill and needs to return to Earth. Would they have to rely on the Russian Soyuz craft?