View Discovery’s Descent!

We have the opportunity to view the space shuttle’s descent to Kennedy Space Center from our very own backyards! I’ve entered the location information for Spokane to print out  a table of viewing times. Here’s a copy and paste of the results from NASA’s handy dandy SkyWatch.

Spokane, Washington

Closet Approach: 5:26 a.m.

Satellite Rise: 5:24 a.m.

Satellite Set: 5:28 a.m.

My father was totally helpful and walked me through the numbers to figure out its path. The best way to view the shuttle during its descent (if you’re in Spokane) is to watch it very low in the horizon and follow it from North to South East. There’s a chance that you won’t see it because of the hills. The higher the elevation the better. You only have a three minute window of opportunity so get out there early to catch this rare occasion (and maybe the last).

NASA SKYWATCH TABLE OUTPUT
Local Time Azimuth Elevation Range Solar alt Solar Sep SRSS
dow/mm/dd/hh:mm:ss Deg E of N Deg Miles Deg Deg Deg
Mon-Apr-19@05:24:30
Mon-Apr-19@05:24:30
Mon-Apr-19@05:25:00
Mon-Apr-19@05:25:16
Mon-Apr-19@05:25:31
Mon-Apr-19@05:25:47
Mon-Apr-19@05:26:02
Mon-Apr-19@05:26:17
Mon-Apr-19@05:26:33
Mon-Apr-19@05:26:48
Mon-Apr-19@05:27:03
Mon-Apr-19@05:27:19
Mon-Apr-19@05:27:34
Mon-Apr-19@05:27:49
Mon-Apr-19@05:28:05
Mon-Apr-19@05:28:20
Mon-Apr-19@05:28:36
Mon-Apr-19@05:28:51
302.0
304.4
307.4
311.3
316.4
323.5
333.6
348.1
007.5
029.0
047.6
061.2
070.7
077.4
082.3
086.0
088.9
091.3
000.2
001.2
002.3
003.6
005.1
006.9
009.0
011.3
012.9
012.7
010.9
008.6
006.6
004.8
003.4
002.2
001.1
000.2
00593
00528
00465
00403
00344
00289
00240
00202
00181
00183
00206
00244
00292
00344
00399
00456
00513
00571
-002.2
-001.3
-000.5
000.2
001.0
001.8
002.6
003.4
004.1
004.9
005.7
006.4
007.1
007.8
008.6
009.3
010.0
010.6
164.5
164.3
164.1
163.8
163.5
163.2
162.9
162.5
162.1
161.6
161.2
160.6
160.1
159.5
158.9
158.3
157.6
156.9
-005.2
-005.2
-005.1
-005.0
-005.0
-005.0
-004.9
-004.9
-004.8
-004.8
-004.8
-004.7
-004.7
-004.6
-004.6
-004.6
-004.5
-004.5

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