Learning In Action

8 Feb

A few years ago we went to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Since then the children have been really interested in anything to do with space and space flights. Yesterday as part of our learning we watched the final preparations and launch of Atlantis on the television. Partly we were  particularly interested as Atlantis was on the launch pad when we visited Kennedy in 2006, unfortunately due to weather issues it launched a few days after we returned home.

Well, a few minutes ago we tracked Atlantis in our night sky and watched it zoom across the horizon for about one minute. It was a bright light moving incredibly fast, I’d say about three times the speed of a plane in the sky viewed from land. It was incredible to think that  we have seen this spacecraft pretty close up, watched it launch and now seen it racing through the sky knowing that there are Astronauts on board – probably oblivious to the fact that people may be standing outside on earth watching them!!!

Anyway, I just thought I’d share as it is visible in the night sky for about a week now. If you click on this link  it will take you to NASA’s flight tracker site. You just need to click on what country you are in and then it tells you when you can view the shuttle in your night sky. If you click here it will take you to a page which explains how to read their sighting data.

If you are in the UK or Canada you can pretty much view the shuttle over the next week, further down into the USA I think viewing begins around the 13th.


4 Responses to “Learning In Action”

  1. Erin February 9, 2008 at 01:04 #

    We have watched the launch on TV numerous times, the boys love it. Don’t think we’ll get to see it in the sky this time…we’re too cloudy, but we’ve seen it before. Very cool.

  2. Jeff February 9, 2008 at 05:44 #

    Thanks for this information…didn’t know it was available. I love to stargaze…I’ll be watching for the shuttle in my part of the world.

  3. Paul February 9, 2008 at 22:44 #

    so that explains all those UFO sightings 😉

  4. lynhallewell February 11, 2008 at 18:45 #

    I hope you all enjoy your “shuttle/UFO” gazing!

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